Former Steelers Draftee, Long Snapper Colin Holba, Returns To Heinz Field With Jaguars

I find that there’s just about nothing that gets Pittsburgh Steelers fans talking more—outside of some serious drama—than when the opportunity arises to discuss a draft pick or a personnel decision that can be perceived as a bad move. Breaking news and things of that nature notwithstanding, these tend to be our articles that drive in the most discussion and traffic.

Yet I can’t help but wonder how much enthusiasm one can muster up over the unheralded return of Colin Holba to Heinz Field. Holba, the only long snapper drafted in 2017, was taken, naturally, by the Steelers in the sixth round, and the only way anybody could rationalize the decision—if they were willing to do so—was to contend that he would hold down the position for the next decade.

Well, he didn’t. Holba failed to make the team’s 53-man roster, with the Steelers instead choosing to go with Kameron Canaday. He was the first long snapper on the roster outside of Greg Warren last offseason, but was released and replaced with another before being brought back later on in the process.

Canaday actually won the long snapping job for the Cardinals a year ago but was released three games into the season after he had a couple of bad snaps. Yet there hasn’t been much of anything to complain about with respect to his performance this year. In fact, Pro Football Focus even named him their honorable mention for the position in their mock Pro Bowl, or whatever it was.

So why are we talking about Holba? Because he managed to find himself a job a couple of months back. The Jacksonville Jaguars lost their veteran long snapper, Matt Overton, for the season in mid-November after he suffered a shoulder injury against the Los Angeles Chargers. The former Steelers long snapper was the one who ended up winning the job, and he has remained in place since.

Which means, of course, that he will be back in Pittsburgh tomorrow afternoon to show everybody what they are missing out on.

If anybody notices. The vast majority will naturally take no notice of the long snapper, and even if they hear or see the name Holba, it may not register exactly who that is unless you are informed of the matter, or are an obsessive the way we are here—and I know many of you are.

I already said my piece months back when Holba didn’t make the roster. Warren needed to be replaced, and barring the signing of a ‘veteran long snapper’, such that there is a market, the logical plan would be to draft the best one you can find and give him competition.

In the long term, he didn’t make the roster, and therefore they didn’t get what they hoped they would out of their sixth-round pick. But they did appear to find a capable replacement in Canaday, who earned the job through competition—and helped Chris Boswell set team records.

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  • Brenton deed

    Oh god! we’re done… the inside knowledge wil kill us! How are we to counter his long snapping!?!?

  • heath miller

    hes already told the jags everything .. we are soooooooooooo screwed… when they say hike on a punt they are gonan hike it to the punter.. when they yell hike on a FG or XP they will hike it to the holder… shoooooooo dont tell anyone haha good one Brenton HEEEATH

  • heath miller

    matthew .. you’re killing me … first a story or non story about the browns new RB coach … now a story about the jags new long snapper (our draft pick that didnt work out )…. you know i ALWAYSSSSSSSS got your back when some A Hole dogs you for a typo here or there … but come on man … the browns RB coach and a long snapper.. lol … must be a slowwwwwwwwww news day .. the calm before the storm tomorrow i guess .. lol HEEEATH

  • WeWantDaTruth

    Need a story about how Cam Hayward needs to win his matchup this Sunday. He was quiet in game #1 vs. Jags.

  • Applebite

    The 6th rd is no place for picking a Long Snapper. My mind is still unchanged. Somebody put some roofies in Colbert’s coffee that morning….

    With that said, I wish Holba well.

  • BurghBoy412

    I still cannot believe they wasted 6th rounder on a LS. Pick could’ve been used in so many more important areas. One of the dumbest draft day decisions I’ve ever seen this team make.

  • Mr. KnowItAll

    Yup…articles like this tell you we are very near game time lol

  • LifeUhhFindsAWay

    At least there are always new articles to pass the time. I will need something to read later anyways, don’t plan on watching that team who likes to cheat a lot later tonight. Would rather read Colin Holba’s autobiography.

  • SouthernSteel

    I hope Holba completely falls apart Sunday and snaps everything high

  • Dan

    It took the might and determination of Colin Holba to lift the Jags into the postseason. He didn’t stay with Pittsburgh because it wouldn’t have been fair to the other teams.

  • heath miller

    lol have at it .. it was intense reading .. enjoy it will pass about 5 minutes of your time .. GO TITANS tonight

  • SteelerFanInMD

    How did Holba lose the job to Canaday? I don’t remember him making any really bad snaps in preseason.

  • Ring4Shaz

    All we need from you tomorrow is 1 or 2 missed snaps for safeties or TDs, Holba. There’s a good man.

  • alevin16

    I was actually wondering the same thing. I think he might have had one poor one but besides the obvious, what would make one snapper better than the other.

  • dany

    So they cut him for a reason. Perhaps Danny Smith will be able to exploit whatever reason that was

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Maybe one of their snaps is easier to catch than the others? Maybe the holder has some kinda say

  • Matthew Marczi

    Every long snapper drafted in this century has been drafted in the sixth round or higher.

  • Matthew Marczi

    There are some people who never pass up the opportunity to talk about a ‘bad’ personnel decision. This one was for them. Ed Bouchette still mentions trading up for Daniel Sepulveda all the time.

  • Matthew Marczi

    There were a couple of shaky snaps, but Canaday also had better and more consistent velocity.