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NY Jets player Tanner Purdum will be running a three-day youth football camp later this month. Tanner, who is the Jets long snapper, said the campers will learn the sport’s fundamentals and go through all the basic positions.  The clinic, which will be held at Drew University from June 29 to July 1, is open to all football players entering grades one through nine, and costs $300 for the three-day session.

“We’re doing everything; full offense, some passing, some linemen stuff, and then quarterbacks and receivers,” Purdum said. “We’ll go through snappers, returners and all basic defense positions.”

From Morris.Patch.com:

Purdum’s father, Greg, will be one of the four coaches at the camp. Greg Purdum has more than 35 years of coaching experience, having guided both high school and college teams.

The other coaches at the clinic will be John Frangoulis, Purdum’s college coach who has nearly 40 years of experience, Brian McGuire, a high school coach and former college football player, and Tom Williams, a U.S. Army veteran and speed training coach.

The clinic will run Friday, June 29 through Sunday, July 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 pm, and will start with morning warm-ups and different drills each day. The players will be separated by age and each day they will have about an hour of time to play seven-on-seven games. There will also be competitions in throwing, catching, punting and running.

For more information about the clinic, visit its Facebook page, or contact clinic director Tom D’Ambola at 973-255-8192.


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You can have a long and productive career in the NFL as a long snapper.

Seriously, and there's a lot less risk involved in it than most other positions, so definitely not a bad way to go. The funny thing is too that it's one of those positions that nobody really gives any credit to or thinks twice about until you have a bad one, which is when you suddenly realize the importance. Tanner's been damn good for the Jets, I can't think of a single bad snap out of him since he's gotten here.

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