Friday, September 17, 2010
Chargers on third snapper of the week
By Bill Williamson
Before this week, the San Diego Chargers had only one long snapper dating back to 1994.
Now, they’re on their third snapper since Monday.
In a dizzying turn of events, San Diego has gone from the venerable David Binn to untested Ryan Neill as their snapper. San Diego signed Neill on Friday. He snapped in nine games for the Rams last season.
Binn snapped in 256 games for the Chargers over 17 years. He has played in the most games and is the longest tenured Charger in team history. He suffered a torn hamstring in Monday night’s loss at Kansas City on a punt return for a touchdown by Chiefs rookie Dexter McCluster. Binn was put on the injured reserve Wednesday.
San Diego signed 10-year veteran James Dearth on Wednesday to replace Binn. However, Dearth suffered a foot injury in practice Thursday and was lost for the season.
The Chargers struggled on special teams against the Chiefs. It will be interesting to see if these dramatic changes at snapper will play a major detrimental role Sunday against visiting Jacksonville.