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Travis Branzell just wants to quietly fly out to New York, work out for the Jets with little or no fanfare and then sign a contract so he can begin an NFL career that he hopes goes almost completely unnoticed.

Such is the life of the long-snapper.

"The only time you get noticed is when you throw the ball over the punter's head or bounce it back to him or let a guy go through and he blocks a punt," the former Nevada tight end and long-snapper said Friday. "It's better to go unnoticed. I don't want to be famous."

The opportunity with the Jets -- he was invited to compete against incumbent long-snapper James Dearth as well as one other recent college player, Boise State's Mike Dominguez -- is far from guaranteed. Branzell has not yet been offered a contract, just a chance to show what he can do. At least he has no out-of-pocket expenses. The Jets are providing his transportation, lodging and meals.

"Between me and the Jets, we haven't really talked much," said the 6-foot-4, 240-pound Branzell, who played high school ball at Spring Creek. "They're telling me I'm going to compete with (Dominguez), and the better of the two will receive a contract. I don't know what to expect when I get there. I'm just going to go and do what I do."

This is how boring this preseason is, I have to post about a long snapper...

Watch out Dearth!

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Travis Branzell just wants to quietly fly out to New York, work out for the Jets with little or no fanfare and then sign a contract so he can begin an NFL career that he hopes goes almost completely unnoticed.

Such is the life of the long-snapper.

"The only time you get noticed is when you throw the ball over the punter's head or bounce it back to him or let a guy go through and he blocks a punt," the former Nevada tight end and long-snapper said Friday. "It's better to go unnoticed. I don't want to be famous."

The opportunity with the Jets -- he was invited to compete against incumbent long-snapper James Dearth as well as one other recent college player, Boise State's Mike Dominguez -- is far from guaranteed. Branzell has not yet been offered a contract, just a chance to show what he can do. At least he has no out-of-pocket expenses. The Jets are providing his transportation, lodging and meals.

"Between me and the Jets, we haven't really talked much," said the 6-foot-4, 240-pound Branzell, who played high school ball at Spring Creek. "They're telling me I'm going to compete with (Dominguez), and the better of the two will receive a contract. I don't know what to expect when I get there. I'm just going to go and do what I do."

This is how boring this preseason is, I have to post about a long snapper...

Watch out Dearth!

Nice read , thanks LBS.

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Travis Branzell just wants to quietly fly out to New York, work out for the Jets with little or no fanfare and then sign a contract so he can begin an NFL career that he hopes goes almost completely unnoticed.

Such is the life of the long-snapper.

"The only time you get noticed is when you throw the ball over the punter's head or bounce it back to him or let a guy go through and he blocks a punt," the former Nevada tight end and long-snapper said Friday. "It's better to go unnoticed. I don't want to be famous."

The opportunity with the Jets -- he was invited to compete against incumbent long-snapper James Dearth as well as one other recent college player, Boise State's Mike Dominguez -- is far from guaranteed. Branzell has not yet been offered a contract, just a chance to show what he can do. At least he has no out-of-pocket expenses. The Jets are providing his transportation, lodging and meals.

"Between me and the Jets, we haven't really talked much," said the 6-foot-4, 240-pound Branzell, who played high school ball at Spring Creek. "They're telling me I'm going to compete with (Dominguez), and the better of the two will receive a contract. I don't know what to expect when I get there. I'm just going to go and do what I do."

This is how boring this preseason is, I have to post about a long snapper...

Watch out Dearth!

Good Find.

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