Ravens coach John Harbaugh announced Wednesday that the team has signed long snapper Kevin Houser to replace rookie Morgan Cox, who tore his ACL in Sunday's win over the Browns. On Tuesday, the Ravens reportedly worked out Houser, Bryan Pittman, Jake Ingram and Ethan Albright -- four dudes snapping footballs? Sounds like a fun tryout -- before settling on Houser.
Here's what we know about the Ravens' new long snapper (and I'm sure Houser hopes it stays this way): He's 33. He was a seventh-round draft pick by New Orleans, where he snapped for eight years. He was in Seattle last season. And he is probably a very nice, friendly, humble guy.
That's how it goes with long snappers. You never see them talking trash or wearing a ridiculous amount of bling or driving decked-out Escalades. Sure, compensation is a factor when it comes to the bling and the Escalades, but long snappers have to be ego-free to blend into the background. Matt Katula? Great dude. Morgan Cox? Great dude. Kevin Houser? Probably a great dude.
OK, enough with my inane ramblings about long snappers. This is a critical signing for the Ravens, who hopefully signed the right guy to replace Cox. Cox had been excellent this season, and it would be a disaster if that ACL tear and an untimely bad snap by his replacement ended the Ravens' playoff run prematurely.
I'll admit it: I'm pulling for Houser. After all, he's probably a great dude.
Update: Maybe Houser isn't a great dude. Reader Doc send me this link: Apparently, Saints coach Sean Payton filed a lawsuit against Houser over a bad investment. That doesn't necessarily mean Houser is a bad guy, but I learned a valuable lesson when it comes to stereotyping long snappers.