Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll Provides Update on Nate Boyer
By Kirk Larrabee on August 5, 2015
Perhaps the most fascinating story in Seattle Seahawks training camp is that of Nate Boyer, the 34-year old rookie long snapper whose journey from being a Green Beret to being on an NFL roster has caught the attention of people all over the country.
Boyer signed as an undrafted free agent with the Seahawks in May after finishing his career at the University of Texas, where he walked on despite never having played football and became the team’s starting long snapper.
So how’s Boyer been doing so far for the Seahawks? Head coach Pete Carroll gave his assessment on Wednesday.
“He’s doing it,” Carroll said. “He’s working hard. He’s going to be ready to get in there and snap in the games and see how he does. He’s been very consistent. I’m anxious to see what he does when he gets downfield. He’s got to protect, then when he gets downfield make his tackles.”
Boyer has an uphill battle to make the team as starting long snapper Clint Gresham has been with the team since 2010 and just signed a new three-year contract in the offseason.
“He’s a little smaller than Gresh and all that, but he’s competing for it,” Carroll said. “He’s had good days one right after another, so I think it’s a fun story to watch and we’re thrilled to give him a chance.”
The Seahawks’ first preseason game will be on August 14 against the Denver Broncos. We’ll certainly be watching for Boyer in that game.