Yes, Virginia, we have to use a 55-man roster spot on a long snapper. No, he can’t really play another position because the risk of injury is too great for a position this specialized. Most teams don’t carry a back-up long snapper who can consistently get the ball back to the punter or the holder. That’s why long snappers continue to have jobs in the NFL.
The Broncos allowed Casey Kreiter to walk in free agency. He signed with the Giants. So now one of two men will be the Bronco long snapper in 2020, Wes Farnsworth or rookie from Northern Colorado, Jacob Bobenmoyer.
The Broncos signed Farnsworth to a reserve/futures contract on December 30th, 2019. Farnsworth is not related to former MLB pitcher Kyle Farnsworth. Farnsworth played in college with Malik Reed at Nevada.
Neither Farnsworth nor Bobenmoyer have played in a regular season NFL game. They are about the same size at 6-1, 240 lbs.
Kreiter was our long snapper for the past four seasons. He made the pro-bowl as a long snapper in 2018. Kreiter was credited with five total tackles on punt coverage during his time with the Broncos.
I applaud you for reading this. Most fans, even avid Bronco fans, don’t care about the long snapper.