Seattle Seahawks

After strong debut, Frese ‘low and high’ on long snaps in loss to Vikings

Seattle’s Nolan Frese, left, moves toward Drew Ferris during a drill at the team's NFL football training camp on July 30 in Renton.
Seattle’s Nolan Frese, left, moves toward Drew Ferris during a drill at the team's NFL football training camp on July 30 in Renton. The Associated Press

Even as Clint Gresham continues to remind NFL general managers through Twitter he is still available to long snap, right now the job in Seattle still belongs to free agent Nolan Frese.

How long it stays that way remains to be seen.

After registering a clean slate in the first preseason game Saturday at Kansas City, Frese had a couple of off moments in the Seahawks’ 18-11 home preseason loss to Minnesota at CenturyLink Field.

Trailing 11-0, Seattle got as far as the Vikings’ 35-yard line on its opening drive of the second half before it stalled.

Big-legged Steven Hauschka came on for a 53-yard field goal attempt — except that Frese’s high snap back threw off the timing of the kick, which came up well short.

Seattle was forced to punt on its next drive. This time, Frese’s snap was a worm-burning liner to Jon Ryan, who snagged it low and got off a 44-yarder.

Those aren’t the two flashbacks you want your coach to recall afterward — but Pete Carroll did.

“We were low and high,” Carroll said. “We weren’t as clean as we were in week one.”

It has been an uneven run at that position since last season ended.

In March, Gresham — who had been with the team since Carroll was hired in 2010 — was released after a couple of spotty moments in the NFC playoff game at Minnesota.

A few weeks later, Andrew East was waived when the team signed free agent Drew Ferris, who had been with the New York Jets.

But Aug. 4, Ferris, who unimpressed as a blocker, was released in favor of Frese, who spent time with Carolina during rookie mini-camp.

Frese had a stellar record at the University of Houston, twice posting “perfect” seasons long-snapping. His last one in 2015, he did not have one inaccurate snap in 156 attempts on punts, field goals and extra points.

Offensive tackle Bradley Sowell knows the job well. It isn’t easy. And it is unforgiving.

“You really can’t make one error,” Sowell said. “You’ve got to be perfect throughout the whole year. Nobody even knows the (long snapper) until he throws a bad one. It is a tough job.”

Frese, a soft-spoken Texas product, said his final two long snaps — one on a punt attempt to Ryan late in the third quarter, and the other one on Hauschka’s game-tying field goal, were on point.

“I feel like toward the end, I did respond well,” Frese said. “But the mistakes shouldn’t come in the first place at my position — one of the only positions in sports where you are expected to be perfect.”

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