The Washington Redskins are ready to welcome back regular long snapper Nick Sundberg for the next game Nov. 18 against the Philadelphia Eagles. With Sundberg ready to return, they released fill-in Justin Snow.
Sundberg broke his left arm in the season opener at the New Orleans Saints and was placed on injured reserve with the designation to return. He said things are great as he prepares to come back. Next is trying to get chemistry back with punter/holder Sav Rocca.
“I just got out there with Sav and did some snapping and punting, trying to work on our timing together,” Sundberg said. “With having two different snappers in a year who snap the ball at different speeds, it’s difficult for him, I guess, just because as a punter you want to be able to get into a rhythm. Now that we’re changing things again, we just want to get out there and get as much work as we can together so that when we step back on the field against Philly, everything is fluid and the way we want it.”
Rocca said the 25-year-old Sundberg snaps the ball quicker than the 35-year-old Snow. So, naturally, there are adjustments.
“He’s a lot younger, so he’s a lot fresher in the game, and he’s a lot quicker. So it’s just a timing thing,” Rocca said. “They’re both good snappers. It’s just a timing/rhythm that I have to get used to again with Nick.”
Sundberg earned some national fame for snapping the second half of the Redskins’ Week 1 game with a broken ulna bone in his left arm. Now he’s healed up and ready to snap.
Snow earned the job replacing him in the interim and, with the exception of a high snap that Rocca corralled Sunday, did not give the Redskins anything in the way of a noticeable drop-off.
“I just let him know that it was good when he was here. He helped me out a lot. He saved us,” Rocca said. “There have been teams in the past that get long snappers in and they’re not the right one and they’ll go through two or three long snappers. Whereas Justin was able to come in and fit straight in and do a good job at it. I just let him know, thanks for coming in and helping us out and doing a good job at it.”