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How does one develop a long snapper?

We know the 49ers value the position highly. They've devoted a roster spot and quite a bit of money to Jennings for years. Now he's 36 and they bring in the consensus best long snapper in college football.

I can't think of a way they hand the keys to a rookie at such a high-pressure, specialty position when we have Jennings in place still playing at a high level and we aren't desperate for the cap space. But I also can't think of a way you waste a practice squad spot on a long snapper.

So what's the protocol here? Is there anyway to "develop" McDermott without wasting a spot on a nearly worthless player?


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[ Edited by Milkman on Apr 30, 2013 at 3:33 AM ]
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I don't know, but that was hilarious.
Its all or nothing for Mcdermott. But make no mistake. He will push Jennings hard, and the FO will have a tough decision on their hands. Jennings has toyed with retirment, and IMO the FO has wanted to rplace him for some time simply because of his pay grade. Hence the recent Competition at the position. Make no mistake Mcdermott is far and away the best compitition we have ever brought in against Jennings.
Originally posted by IdahoNiner:
Its all or nothing for Mcdermott. But make no mistake. He will push Jennings hard, and the FO will have a tough decision on their hands. Jennings has toyed with retirment, and IMO the FO has wanted to rplace him for some time simply because of his pay grade. Hence the recent Competition at the position. Make no mistake Mcdermott is far and away the best compitition we have ever brought in against Jennings.

Dude we brought in last year from the Browns (can't remember his name - Pontabrand?) wasn't exactly a chump - he'd had an off year but previously had been to the Pro Bowl and obviously had some history with Seely
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I don't know, but that was hilarious.

It was, but he's the best long snapper in the game. Going to be a sad day when he leaves I don't remember a bad snap from him. Last time we had issues with the special teams snaps was when we put Andy Lee as the place holder cause who ever was before couldn't get the snap down and laces out.
I once dated a girl with a long snapper......