Thomas Hennessy

New York Jets long snapper Thomas Hennessy joins Michael Nania and Ben Blessington to discuss the nuances of his unheralded role on special teams.

The NFL’s highest-graded long snapper of 2019 by Pro Football Focus, Thomas Hennesy, joined the Cool Your Jets podcast to discuss his New York Jets career and break down his own game film.

Some of the topics discussed:

  • Getting traded from the Colts to the Jets as a rookie long snapper
  • The qualities that make Brant Boyer such an excellent special teams coach
  • Getting set to play with Braden Mann and speaking to him in virtual meetings
  • Tarell Basham‘s special teams excellence
  • What goes into a perfect snap
  • Keys to effectively covering punts
  • Protecting the punter from the long snapper position
  • Fundamentals of making tackles and shedding blocks in punt coverage
  • Importance of chemistry between long snapper/holder/kicker
  • How to properly place the laces of the ball on a field goal snap
  • Aiming point of a field goal snap
  • Favorite moment of career
  • Best spots for pizza in the NYC metro area
  • When will long snappers finally be respected in Madden?
  • What does the world need to know about long snappers?

*Subscribers can view the film breakdown in its entirety at the bottom of this page.

*Directly below, you can see a portion of the video breakdown on YouTube and listen to the full audio version.

Video timestamps:

  • 10:09 – Film session
  • 42:31 – Post-film Q&A

Subscribers can view the entirety of Thomas Hennessy’s film breakdown below (subscribe here to get your first month free).


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Michael Nania is the best analytical New York Jets mind in the world, combining his statistical expertise with game film to add proper context to the data. Nania scrapes every corner, ensuring you know all there is to know about everyone from the QB to the long snapper. Nania's Numbers, Nania's QB Grades, and Nania's All-22 give fans a deeper and more well-rounded dive into the Jets than anyone else can offer. Email: michael.nania@jetsxfactor.com - Twitter: @Michael_Nania

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