Talk about a bad break.
Pardon the pun.
Long snapper Jesse Schmitt went undrafted out of Purdue in 2015. He went unsigned at Minnesota’s rookie camp following that draft. He went unsigned after working out for Jacksonville in February. He went unsigned after getting a look at Green Bay’s rookie camp following this year’s draft.
Schmitt got another chance on Tuesday, being brought in by the Packers for a 7 a.m. tryout. Two hours later, he signed a contract to challenge Rick Lovato.
However, in a cruel and incredibly painful twist of fate, Schmitt broke his right hand on his first snap. He tried one more snap, then walked off the field holding his hand and wincing in pain.
“I must have hit it wrong, and that’s all that happened,” Schmitt said after Wednesday’s practice, which he attended with a cast up to near his elbow and his ring finger and pinkie encased inside. “I don’t really know anything else. After the rep was over, it hurt. I tried to do the next one, and the snap didn’t go very well. So that was kind of that.”
The first snap was good, special teams coordinator Ron Zook said late Wednesday afternoon.
“The second one after the broken hand wasn’t so good,” he continued. “But I told him we wouldn’t hold him accountable for that.”
Zook said he’d like to bring in another challenger for Lovato, who performed well in his four games in place of veteran Brett Goode late last season but has been unable to seize control of the job. Goode remains available but he’s less than eight months removed from the torn ACL sustained at Oakland on Dec. 20.
“I think probably the point’s been made,” Zook said. “Rick was very, very good today, and he was good last night. Once again, I’m not sure what’s going to happen there, but I feel bad for the new guy. Here he gets a chance and he gets an opportunity to come in here and one play.”
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