Reid Ferguson is the Long Snapper for the Buffalo Bills. The Bills selected him as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2016, and his first NFL season as a starter was 2017. Reid played college football at Louisiana State University after graduating from Buford High School in Buford, GA. Reid’s brother is Blake Ferguson. Blake is the Long Snapper for the Miami Dolphins, an AFC East Rival.
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In this discussion Reid illustrates how critical accuracy is, and how it comes with a wide thanklessness for the position. In fact, Jon Dorenbos (Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints) name was brought up, and it was only moments before the interview did I find out if Jon’s career and current talents.
Tom Brady is not the G.O.A.T without Adam Vinatieri. Who was the long snapper for his game winning field goals in the Super Bowls for the New England Patriots? Reid knew, Lonie Paxton. On the other hand, I did not. Long snappers are unnoticed, underappreciated, yet the most critical piece of the kicking and punting puzzle.
This episode covers topics surrounding Reid’s journey at Buford High School and LSU. He echoes the previously heard wisdom for high school snappers to NFL free agent snappers who have desires to snap in the NFL. The Chris Sailer & Chris Rubio episode is an appropriate place to hear the coaches perspective, beautifully linking that critical relationship that highlighted Reid’s college football recruiting, technical learning, and how he learned to enjoy the long snapping grind.
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