A snapper is a player on the special teams that starts with the ball on a kicking play. The snapper is like the center, a player on offense, who snaps the ball to the quarterback on every down. Snappers will either hike the ball to a punter on punts or a holder on kickoffs, field goals, and extra points. There are two main types of snappers:
- Long snappers
After the snapper snaps the ball, he isn't out of the play. His role is to block any incoming defenders so the quarterback has time to think. A bad snap doesn't get directed to the holder's hands, and makes the play more complicated. Timing is essential for snappers. This allows the kicker to have a swift and accurate kick.
The snapper is responsible for:
Football Long Snapper
On a punt, the long snapper will snap the ball approximately fifteen yards. On field goals and extra points, the long snapper will snap the ball seven yards to a player called the holder. It is then the job of the holder to hold the ball in place for the placekicker.