Jaguars survive long-snapper injury, sign Colin Holba as replacement

Matt Overton's separated right shoulder forced the Jaguars into scramble mode at long-snapper. Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Long-snapper is a position that generally doesn't get much attention -- until a team suddenly doesn't have one.

That's what happened to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday when Matt Overton suffered a separated right shoulder in the second half of their overtime victory over the Los Angeles Chargers at EverBank Field.

It wasn't quite panic on the sideline, but it certainly wasn't complete calm.

"No one ever worries about those guys [long-snappers]," coach Doug Marrone said. "No one ever talks about those guys, but as soon as one of those guys gets hurt, all of sudden it's anxiety all over the place.

"It was for us too, and we work on it."

The Jaguars did have a backup plan in place. Offensive lineman Tyler Shatley -- who was already playing at left guard for an injured Patrick Omameh -- was Overton's sub for PATs and field goals while fullback Tommy Bohanon took his place on punts. Both got the job done without any misfires, though neither player's snaps had the same kind of velocity as a regular long-snapper.

Still, they were accurate snaps. That's the most important thing, considering neither player spends a significant amount of time at long-snapper during practice each week.

"I think the thing that helped me the most was being in the game," said Shatley, who snapped for the game-tying and game-winning field goals. "I didn't really have time to think about it. You just go and do it.

"The first one went a little high but Brad [Nortman] and Josh [Lambo] did a great job of holding and kicking, and the second one I'm sure was probably a little slow but it went through the uprights, so that's all that matters."

Shatley and Bohanon won't have to do it on Sunday against Cleveland because the Jaguars signed rookie Colin Holba and placed Overton on IR on Tuesday. Finding a replacement for Overton -- who replaced Carson Tinker after he suffered a torn ACL in training camp -- quickly was the Jaguars' No. 1 priority this week.

That will certainly take some weight off Shatley and Bohanon -- and Marrone, too.

"I've done it," Marrone said. "I know the anxiety that goes up there when you have to snap that ball for the winning kick or you have to snap that ball and get it out from being backed up. Knowing those things can occur, I know myself that was a lot of anxiety that I used to go through.

"I used to always try to get in a rhythm and a thought process of blocking everything out. It is difficult."