Falcons sign Pro Bowl snapper

The Falcons announced today the signing of long snapper Mike Schneck, formerly of the Buffalo Bills. The team released snapper Boone Stutz.

Schneck is an eight-year veteran snapper in the NFL, spending the past two years with the Bills after six with the Steelers. He joined the Steelers in 1999 as an unrafted rookie out of Wisconsin. He was cut by the Steelers following training camp in 2005, and then joined the Bills. He earned a Pro Bowl bid that season in Buffalo, but was released this past summer after the Bills decided to go in a different direction.

Stutz was an undrafted rookie last year, originally starting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But he was released in July and picked up by the Falcons. He wound up winning the snapping job from Derek Rackley, who had been the team’s snapper for the previous six seasons.

This marks the third major change the Falcons have made on special teams so far this season. Return specialist Allen Rossum was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers just a few days before the start of the regular season, being replaced by Adam Jennings. Veteran kicker Morten Andersen was signed after Matt Prater struggled during the first two games of the season.

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