The Seattle Seahawks placed longsnapper Nolan Frese on injured reserve on Tuesday. Frese played all 16 games this season, his first in the NFL, but was the subject of debate especially on Sunday vs the San Francisco 49ers when he had several errors including an errant snap for a safety on a punt attempt. He left the game with a high ankle sprain but was able to return.
Many fans have been hoping for a reunion with Clint Gresham, the team’s longsnapper from 2010 to 2015, but that wasn’t the case as the Seahawks instead signed Tyler Ott ahead of their wild card playoff game against the Detroit Lions on Saturday.
Ott has spent time with the Patriots, Rams, Giants, and Bengals over his three NFL seasons after a college career spent at Harvard. It was erroneously reported in 2016 that the team had signed Ott, but he had to take to Twitter to explain that in fact he had not signed with Seattle. He did play three games for Cincinnati earlier this year.
Special teams has been quite the adventure for the Seahawks this season. That doesn’t seem likely to change before Saturday and every field goal attempt and punt will be a little more interesting than usual.