November 22, 2010

Saints switch long snappers again, to sign rookie Drescher

Last Saturday, with the late-breaking news that long snapper Jason Kyle had been lost for the season with a shoulder injury, the Saints worked out three free agents.  They signed one quickly to serve on Sunday, but have already made a switch.

In that tryout, rookie free agent Justin Drescher joined former Patriots Nathan Hodel and Jake Ingram, who competed for the job in New England in 2009.  Ingram won the Patriots' job in 2009 and won that tryout on Saturday as well.  It was Ingram who snapped for the Saints the next day against Seattle.

The Saints had a botched extra point attempt and a missed field goal in the game. While the field goal was blamed on PK Garrett Hartley, the Saints have apparently given up on Ingram after one game because of the bad snap on the extra point.  Speedy backup QB and holder Chase Daniel was inches away from a two point conversion when he raced to the corner pylon but was ruled down short of the goal line.

Drescher was signed on Monday, ostensibly to snap for the Saints against the Cowboys.  Ingram is expected to be cut to make room for him on the 53-man roster.

An undrafted rookie out of the University of Colorado, Drescher was signed by the Falcons after the draft but was cut in June and didn't go to training camp with any team. 

Drescher, 6'0.5, 245, snapped for Colorado all four years of his collegiate career.  He ran a 5.39 40 yard dash in the scouting combine.  Drescher, Daniel and Hartley all went to the same high school in Southlake, Texas.

After using the services of just two men, Kendall Gammon and Kevin Houser, for 13 seasons between 1996 and 2008, the Saints will now have used three long snappers in a three game stretch.

Kyle replaced Houser for the 2009 season.

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