On Family Night, the Green Bay Packers’ special teams unit went through a fairly rough night. Kicker Mason Crosby made just five of eleven field goal attempts, some of which were attributable — at least in part — to bad snaps by undrafted rookie long-snapper Derek Hart. Crosby had to abort another attempt in practice this week due to a high snap that Justin Vogel could not bring in.
With those recent poor snaps in mind, the Packers announced a roster move today, bringing veteran snapper Brett Goode back into the fold. Goode has been the Packers’ long-snapper at the start of every season since 2008, only missing time in 2015 due to an injury.
Goode’s return should come as little surprise to Packers fans, as he had a similar return to the team last year. Coming off a torn ACL, Goode was a free agent until late in training camp, when he was signed to replace Rick Lovato as the team’s long-snapper. Several of APC’s contributors predicted that Goode would be the snapper on the final 53-man roster out of camp, as well. This year, the Packers appear to be hedging their bets with Hart, presumably bringing Goode in to compete with the rookie for the job.
The Packers’ next open practice is on August 15th, and the first chance for the two snappers to compete in real game action will come on Saturday, August 19th, in Washington.