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Bills sign tryout long snapper

Posted May 5, 2009

Bills head coach Dick Jauron said up to a handful of tryout players that attended Buffalo’s rookie minicamp last weekend could be signed and return for the start of OTAs later this month. The first player afforded that opportunity was long snapper Garrison Sanborn.

The former Florida State product appeared to have a quick and accurate delivery on short snaps for field goals during the weekend workouts. His specialty however, is long snapping and has been timed between .72 and .75 seconds on his delivery which is considered above average by NFL standards.

Sanborn (6’0” 240) was the Seminoles’ long snapper for three seasons and also snapped for field goals for two and a half seasons. Despite playing in the Senior Bowl and the Texas vs. the Nation All-Star game as a long snapper in 2008 he went undrafted.

He did participate in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie camp that spring, but was not signed.

Sanborn also had a tryout with the Bills last June, and the club thought enough of his abilities to give him a second look. Sanborn will provide competition for Buffalo long snapper Ryan Neill, who has manned the position for the Bills for the past two seasons.