Making an NFL Roster
Recently we have seen NFL teams prioritizing the long snapper position. Hunter Bradley, a former Mississippi State long snapper, became a Green Bay Packer when he was drafted in the 5th round of this year’s draft.
However, this isn’t always the case.
Casey knew there was interest in his skill set leading up to the draft. Not only were a high percentage of his snaps accurate, but he was familiar with a pro-style punt. It’s the style Iowa runs.
"The big difference [in a pro-style punt] is you have to block someone. When you run a spread punt, you just need to snap and run-down field. I was really fortunate. I had a step up in my mind due to this."
Nevertheless, he did not hear his name called on draft day. Afterward he received two offers and ultimately went with the Dallas Cowboys. Although he didn’t beat out incumbent L.P. Ladouceur, his time in Dallas was immensely valuable.
"LP [Ladouceur] and Rick Bisaccia were instrumental being in Dallas. I had so much to learn going into the pro level."
After two training camps with the Cowboys, Kreiter began substitute teaching in Iowa City. In April of 2016, John Elway came a calling. Denver just released Aaron Brewer and was in need of a new long snapper.
It’s a spot he is not planning to let go of anytime soon. Denver did, however, sign another long snapper, Christian Kuntz, to compete in training camp.
Casey understands and relishes the opportunity to compete.
"It is all part of the business. You try not to read into it at all. I am really confident in my abilities. I haven’t been in the league long enough to forget what it was like coming in. Coach called and said, “we like to breed competition”. Being from small town Iowa and wrestling, I couldn’t agree more. LP [Ladouceur] helped me understand how to handle these situations."