KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) -The Seattle Seahawks addressed a glaring problem during their five-game winning streak, signing veteran long snapper Jeff Robinson to replace the erratic Boone Stutz.
Robinson is a 14-year veteran who most recently played for the St. Louis Rams in 2005. He will play in his 182nd NFL game Sunday when the NFC West champions (9-4) play at Carolina (5-8).
Robinson, taken by Denver in the fourth round of the 1993 draft as a defensive end, was part of a group of snappers Seattle tried out on Tuesday. A day earlier, coach Mike Holmgren lamented he was spending too much time worrying about what should be the routine tasks of snapping to kicker Josh Brown and punter Ryan Plackemeier.
``The snap, like the snap from center (to quarterback) or anything that you think should be fairly automatic, we can't think that much about it,'' Holmgren said. ``And certainly our kicker can't, and our punter can't. If all of a sudden they go, 'Where is it going, and what's happening here?' then that affects how they play.''
Stutz, formerly of Atlanta, played in eight games after Seattle signed him earlier this season to replace Derek Rackley, another former Falcons snapper.
Stutz was powerful - too powerful. His snaps got back quickly but often not in the right place, like a fastball pitcher who lacked control. He was especially wild on field goals. Plackemeier, also the holder, often had to reach for the ball and then rush a placement. That contributed to a mini-slump by Brown, who is usually automatic.
Stutz's last chance before he was waived Tuesday was a botched snap on an extra point near the end of Sunday's 42-21 rout of Arizona that clinched Seattle's fourth consecutive division title.

Recent NFL Discussions

just staying here nba plays for fri 12/2 on Fri, Dec 2016 by Timmy1961
Carolina Wise Guy CFB & NBA Picks 12/2 on Fri, Dec 2016 by CarolinaWiseGuy
coll play for fri 12/2 on Fri, Dec 2016 by Timmy1961
Pro Play for thurs. 12/1 on Fri, Dec 2016 by Timmy1961
Advertisement

NFL Top Stories

Thumbnail Panthers vs. Seahawks Pick Will the Sunday Night Football matchup between the Panthers and Seahawks this week sail over the betting total?
Thumbnail Bucs vs. Chargers Pick Will Jameis Winston and Philip Rivers light up the scoreboard when the Chargers host the Buccaneers at 4:25PM ET on Sunday?
Thumbnail Giants vs. Steelers Pick Will the Giants and Steelers matchup on Sunday be low-scoring at 4:25PM ET in Pittsburgh?
Thumbnail Redskins vs. Cardinals Pick Is the total set too high in Sunday's matchup between the Redskins and Cardinals at 4:25PM ET?
Thumbnail Jaguars vs. Broncos Pick With a backup QB set to star for the Denver Broncos, can they find a way to cover on the road against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday at...
More inNFL Articles  
Advertisement

NFL Team Pages