Kirkpatrick started to consternation what kinds of things a long-snapper would plead in a meeting.
“How many time do we [need] to know that you’ve customarily got to snap a ball?” Kirkpatrick asked.
Kirkpatrick motionless he had no thought what snappers indeed do all day. He doesn’t see them post examination videos on amicable media, like a Steelers’ James Harrison does. So their time doesn’t seem consumed by operative out.
So what is it they indeed do?
That’s a million-dollar doubt for Harris, one of adult to 14 snappers in a joining who mount to make that many or some-more this season.
He has spent years convincing fans and teammates comparison that, yes, he does indeed practice.
“If someone ever finds out we play for a Bengals, they’re like ‘Oh really, what’s your name?’ we tell them and they say, ‘I’ve never listened of you,’” Harris said. “I say, ‘Well, afterwards I’m doing my job.’ we always get a small grin out of that.”
On many days, Harris is on a side margin with a other specialists, gnawing on punts, margin goals and PAT attempts. For a while during a preseason, he had some-more to do when a Bengals carried 3 kickers, and his snap totals soared high into a double digits.
Now that it’s a unchanging season, that’s died down a bit. During warm-ups a other day, he even had some time to collect and try to flog behind Kevin Huber‘s punts.
“He thinks he’s a good punter,” Huber joked.
A normal day for a long-snapper is about what anyone would expect. He works on his skills, customarily like everybody else.
“He doesn’t do a whole lot of using in practice. He gets paid to snap,” pronounced Bengals special-teams coordinator Darrin Simmons. “Just like a quarterback throws a lot of passes, a limp has to snap. That’s what he does. He’s had to snap some-more this offseason than in prior years, though that’s partial of a deal.”
Harris is well-paid for his services, deliberation his position. He’s entering a final deteriorate of a five-year, $4.95 million agreement sealed in 2013.
It competence seem like a lot of income for someone who’s on a margin for 14 or 15 plays, though it’s also harder in some ways for long-snappers to keep their jobs. After all, there are customarily 32 of these jobs open, and teams are always looking for a reason to go younger and cheaper.
One bad mistake could be a finish of a road. But Harris has finished this for roughly a decade with many of a joining not even meaningful his name. That’s accurately how it should be.
“The reduction we know about Clark, a better; let’s put it that way,” Simmons said.
Simmons knows as good as anyone what can occur when a long-snapper gets courtesy for a wrong reasons. Before Harris, there was Brad St. Louis, who snapped for a Bengals for 10 years and was even renouned adequate to have his possess website and fan club.
St. Louis was for a many partial a ideally excellent long-snapper, solely for one bad snap on a PAT in 2006 that not customarily cost a Bengals a win opposite a Broncos, though a intensity playoff berth as well.
St. Louis was reputable adequate by a classification to hang around for several years after that. But things went south in 2009 after a fibre of bad snaps took during slightest 11 points off a residence and cost a Bengals some wins. St. Louis was expelled and Harris was sealed after spending a initial partial of his career bouncing around use squads.
“Mentally, Brad struggled with certainty and nerves,” Simmons said. “Brad’s correctness unequivocally went off a low end. We brought Clark in to try to put out a fire.”
St. Louis pronounced a problem was all mental in his case. Players typically have a ability to retard out all when they get on a field, though things function in his personal life around that time customarily became too many to ignore. Once he could no longer retard those things out, St. Louis knew his career was over.
Harris, 33, is now entering his 10th accrued season, a same series of years St. Louis lasted. He thinks he can go another 10 if someone wants him around.
There are a few reasons he has stranded around. As a former parsimonious end, Harris has singular athleticism for a position and can know coverages and make a tackle if needed.
“There are some guys who are not unequivocally jaunty in coverage,” Simmons said. “They can snap well, though they don’t cover. Clark always finds a approach to get himself in position to make a tackle during a right times.”
He’s worse than people think. Harris harmed his groin during a diversion final deteriorate and could hardly walk. But when it became transparent a Bengals’ puncture snappers weren’t going to cut it, he played out a rest of a game.
As for a mental aspect, Harris seems to have that down. His opinion can best be described as carefree, with prolonged hair down to his shoulders and tattoos on his arms.
“[Brad] was a small some-more purify cut, did all a right way. Clark is a small some-more severe around a edges,” pronounced Huber, who is Harris’ locker neighbor and good friend.
Harris spends his giveaway time personification iPhone games, quite Pokemon Go, a disturb that came and went fast final summer.
“Back when they had those small hoverboards, he’d hoverboard from his residence to here and stop and strike a integrate [hot spots] along a way,” Huber said. “I consider it’s a many weird thing ever.”
Surprisingly, Harris also happens to be one of a bigger trash-talkers on a team.
“They ain’t got zero though time,” Kirkpatrick said.
Huber can demonstrate to that. He pronounced Harris gleefully gets into it with hostile fans when he’s on a sidelines. Considering he’s customarily in a diversion for around a dozen plays, that’s a lot of giveaway time.
“He likes highway games, since he loves it when people start articulate to him, and he’ll glow back. He gets a unequivocally large flog out of that,” Huber said. “There’s some places like Baltimore and Pittsburgh, it’s customarily season-ticket holders, since it’s a same guys any year. They’ve gotten to know him a small bit, so when he comes back, they’re screaming his name. He has fun with it.”
Huber pronounced he couldn’t repeat many of a difference said, though he could sum adult a ubiquitous conversation: “They customarily try to get on him for being a long-snapper. He always customarily comes behind with ‘Well, you’re profitable to watch me play.’ There are some some-more choice difference being used behind and forth, though that’s a crux of it.”
Is a long-snapper value $1 million a year? The Bengals seem to consider so, as prolonged as he continues to sojourn mostly anonymous.
“Can’t disaster up. That’s all there is to it,” Harris said. “You start carrying a integrate of bad days in practice, people are going to start noticing. Have a bad game, and they consider you’re slipping. You can’t disaster up.”