Trying to replace a legend
Forget the roster battles at wide receiver: the real pre-season battle is at long snapper:
Green Bay - Long snapper, the largest void in the Green Bay Packers' lineup, is shaping up as a battle between a highly rated rookie and a "street" free agent with a solid background.We’ll miss you, Rob Davis, although we hope we won’t miss you too much.
The Packers established the competition within two hours after the conclusion of the draft Sunday by signing Notre Dame's J.J. Jansen to a three-year contract.
Three special-teams coaches contacted by the Journal Sentinel before the draft all picked Jansen as the No. 1 long snapper.
Jansen, 22, will compete against 25-year-old Thomas Gafford, who has yet to snap in a regular-season game after falling short in a training-camp stint with the Packers in 2006 and an off-season stint with Seattle in 2007.