Saints' long snapper Zach Wood earning praise as he prepares for second season with the team (1 Viewer)


By Josh Katzenstein, | The Times-Picayune

When thinking back to last year's struggles to find a reliable long snapper, New Orleans Saints special teams coordinator Bradford Banta last week referred to Zach Wood as "Snapper 6.0," which would actually be an accurate nickname based on how Wood landed the duties.

Before the Saints signed Wood on Sept. 9, two days before last year's season opener, they had used five other long snappers in the offseason and training camp. Jesse Schmitt was with the team from January until June. Chase Dominguez joined in April, and Thomas Gafford signed in June, and the team cut both of them in early August.

When moving on from Dominguez and Gafford, the Saints brought back Justin Drescher, who had handled the job from 2010-16, but Drescher suffered an injury late in August that forced the Saints to look elsewhere again. ...

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