The Jets have signed long snapper Josh Latham.
Latham (6'2", 250) was the long-snapper for Sacramento State for three seasons, from 2013-15, while also working two of those seasons at defensive end and one at fullback. The Jets are the first NFL team to sign him, although he reportedly had a tryout with the Seahawks last June and interest from the Packers and Lions and an offer from the Buccaneers before signing with the Jets.
Tanner Purdum has been a reliable long snapper for the Jets since 2010 at least to the untrained eye.
On the one hand, it makes sense to keep the reliable known commodity. You only notice the long snapper when he makes mistakes, and Purdum has seldom been noticed in his time with the team.
On the other hand, long snappers aren’t that tough to find. I know somebody is going to play devil’s advocate here and say they aren’t, but you’re incorrect, reader who wants to play devil’s advocate. The Jets signed Purdum as a free agent from an NAIA school. Long snappers almost never get drafted, and they don’t make much money. If the Jets make a change, it probably won’t have a big impact on their season.
The biggest takeaway from this might be the potential for #LongSnapperCampBattle.