Jacob Bobenmoyer was recruited to Northern Colorado out of Cheyenne East High School as a linebacker, without any game experience in long snapping.
Six years later, Bobenmoyer is the Broncos’ starting long snapper, as Denver sees in the 23-year-old what UNC coaches also quickly saw: An athletic, consistent specialist with above-average snapping velocity.
“About two weeks before my first game in college, I saw our long snapper in practice, and I thought, ‘I can definitely snap better than that,’” Bobenmoyer recalled. “The coaches said, ‘Alright, do it then.’ I threw like two balls back and our coach was like, ‘Okay, you’re our long snapper.’”
It didn’t take Bobenmoyer long to win Denver’s starting job this year. After spending all of last season as an undrafted free agent, Bobenmoyer beat out Wes Farnsworth in camp for the right to replace Casey Kreiter, the Broncos’ primary long snapper for four years. Kreiter signed with the New York Giants in April, and Farnsworth was waived Aug. 27.
Bobenmoyer was invited to participate in the Broncos’ rookie minicamp last year, and special teams coordinator Tom McMahon was impressed by the former Wyoming prep standout. The team officially signed Bobenmoyer in March.
“It really comes down to the accuracy part of it, the velocity part of it, and they have to be able to protect,” McMahon said. “For me we’re also looking for a guy that can cover. That’s a big thing in this league right now.”
In addition to Bobenmoyer’s velocity — during camp, his average time to the punter’s hands was 0.68 seconds — the 6-foot-2, 235-pounder believes he also gives Denver a post-snap edge at the position.
“One thing I bring to the table with my linebacker experience is I’m more physical and more athletic than your typical long snapper,” Bobenmoyer said. “Obviously I want to be consistent in my snaps and be great in my protection, but I also expect to be a factor in coverage.”
Bobenmoyer is also responsible for snapping duties on field goals and extra points. He’ll have a tall task in matching the consistency of Kreiter, who played in 58 games for Denver and was a Pro Bowler in 2018.