Ingram on new rule protecting long snappers: ‘It’s an awesome rule’
|08.25.10 at 4:04 pm ET|
While most of the rule changes the NFL put into place this year focused on the different circumstances around overtime as well as the movement of the umpire from the defensive side of the ball to the offensive side, the increased protection for long snappers was what caught the attention of New England’s Jake Ingram.
Ingram, entering his second season as the Patriots’ long snapper, was happy to see the NFL alter the rules to create more protection at his position.
Last season, the rule read: ‘During a field-goal attempt or a Kick Try, a Team B player, who is within one yard of the line of scrimmage at the snap, must have his helmet outside the snapper’s shoulder pads.’ This year, it reads: ‘During a punt, field-goal attempt, or a Kick Try, a Team B player, who is within one yard of the line of scrimmage at the snap, must have his entire body outside the snapper’s shoulder pads.’
It’s only been two games, but Ingram has already noticed a change.
‘Oh yeah. Oh yeah,’ he said with a smile. ‘I wouldn’t say it changed my game, but it’s definitely nice to know they can’t line a guy up right over you and just bull rush you. It gives you a chance to get your head up and protect better.
‘It’s an awesome rule, and I’m glad they brought it about.’