NFC South: Mike Schneck

Told you things were going to pick up as today goes along. It has started.

While I was out getting hurricane supplies (Gatorade and food) for a long night in the NFC South Blog bunker, I started getting hit with texts and e-mails from the Falcons and the Buccaneers.

Let’s start with the Falcons because they’ve made the most interesting move so far. They have agreed to a contract extension with cornerback Brian Williams, which prevents him from becoming an unrestricted free agent.

This one’s big because it may allow the Falcons to focus entirely on getting a defensive end early in the draft. The Falcons believed they had a solid starting cornerback in Williams last year until he went down with a season-ending injury. Plug him back in with Chris Houston and Brent Grimes and the Falcons suddenly look a lot better in the secondary.

I don’t have any details on Williams’ contract yet, but I’ll see what I can get. In another move, the Falcons announced the retirement of long-snapper Mike Schneck. The 12-year veteran joined the Falcons in 2009.

I’ll be back in a bit with news on the Bucs. Hint: It’s not anything flashy and involves a couple of punters.

Falcons switch long-snappers

November, 5, 2009
Posted by’s Pat Yasinskas

The Falcons had to make a quick change at long-snapper this morning after it was determined that a rib injury would keep Mike Schneck out for the rest of the season. The Falcons placed Schneck on injured reserve and signed Bryan Pittman.

The long-snapper for the Houston Texans from 2003 through ’08, Pittman signed with the Seahawks in May, but was released before training camp and has been out of football. Pittman once put together a string of 598 consecutive successful snaps. He also has 14 career tackles on special teams.
Posted by’s Pat Yasinskas

The Falcons didn’t practice Wednesday, but, if they had about a quarter of the team would have been out with injuries.

Don’t read too much into this yet because it’s just one of those weird things that comes along every now and then when NFL rules and reality get tangled together. Even though the Falcons, who played Monday night, did not take the practice field Wednesday, they had to file an official injury report.

So how do they determine who “practiced’’ and who did not? They have to estimate. They put out a list of 12 guys who they said would not have practiced if the team had practiced.

Defensive end John Abraham (foot), defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (ankle), offensive tackle Sam Baker (ankle), receiver Brian Finneran (ankle), defensive tackle Thomas Johnson (calf), linebacker Curtis Lofton (knee/ankle), running back Jerious Norwood (hip), long-snapper Mike Schneck (ribs), running back Jason Snelling (hamstring), receiver Eric Weems (ankle), receiver Roddy White (knee) and tight end Keith Zinger (back) would not have practiced -- if there had been practice.

Some very significant names on that list. But don’t get too worried just yet. Remember, this is only an estimate. The real test will come Thursday when the Falcons really practice and we find out how many of these guys practiced.