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July 30, 2008 3:41 PM

DeHaven on long snapping

Posted by Jose Romero

Here's what special teams coach Bruce DeHaven had to say about long snapper Tyler Schmitt, the rookie sixth-round pick who is the only long snapper in camp. The Seahawks are seeking to solidify the position after using three guys last season, the final one being Jeff Robinson.

"The thing I don't hear was that our snapping situation was fixed at the end of the year...Tyler's a rookie and I think he's going to be a pretty good snapper, but he's not where he needs to be yet and we still have a lot of work, so I don't think that I'd say he’s the answer to all our problems there."

The position is critical on field goals and punts and is very specialized. Schmitt needs to develop some consistency, which makes camp crucial for him.

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Posted by Steve S.

10:19 AM, Jul 31, 2008

"Schmitt needs to develop some consistency"

Correct me if I'm wrong, isn't consistency the number one criterion for being a long snapper? If he's not consistent why was he drafted, indeed, why was he a long snapper in the first place? Saying a long snapper is inconsistent is like saying a quarterback can't throw.

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