Last season started with the Raiders faced with the reality that perhaps having just one long snapper was not such a great idea. So, now they have more long snappers than they can shake a stick at. They already had Pro Bowl long snapper, Jon Condo. And in the past week they have brought back Nick Guess and signed undrafted free agent, Adam Steiner.
Long snappers are not usually drafted unless they started out at one position and switched. Typically they are a linebacker who plays well on coverage teams so he tries his hand at long snapping to up his odds of making an NFL career. That was the case with Jon Condo, but for Adam Steiner, this is the position he has been playing his entire four-year college career at Akron.
The 6-2, 240 pound Steiner is already in Canton. That's where he's from. That's where he played high school football where he was an all Northeast Conference linebacker at GlenOak High School. And while he won't be getting inducted into Pro Football's hallowed halls as a long snapper, he could make a long career out of it.
If he plays well enough on special teams, it is conceivable the Raiders could carry two long snappers just to ensure the debacle to begin last season doesn't happen again. For those who need a refresher, Jon Condo went out with a concussion and an ill prepared Travis Goethel took his place and errant snaps made a complete mess out of their season opener.
Condo has the starting job locked up so Steiner will battle with Nick Guess for a chance at being a special teams maven and long snapper insurance plan.