Jun 30, 2009

Saints have a new long snapper

In a surprising move, the Saints have parted ways with long-time long snapper Kevin Houser and replaced him with free agent Jason Kyle.

Houser has been with the team since he was drafted in 2000, and was set to become the all time Saints leader in consecutive games played this year. I can't recall him ever making a bad snap. The guy was as automatic as you could be as a snapper. He has even performed well in kick coverage on special teams.

To say the least, this is a surprising move. But there were signs that the end was nearing for Houser. The Saints had brought back former draft pick Rob Ninkovich to be a backup DE, but in minicamps and OTAs, he'd been working out more as a long snapper. So now with Houser gone, the snapper position will come down to Kyle and Ninkovich.

I know that many fans won't see this move as a major one, but Houser was the longest tenured Saint. He's been with the team through tough times and is the only player who can say he was on two playoff winning Saints teams. Kyle and Ninkovich are more versatile and could be better all around special teams players, but the move still makes me wonder: if it ain't broke, why fix it?

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