Thursday, January 20, 2011

Dolphins' long snapper John Denney headed to Pro Bowl

The Miami Dolphins' representatives at the 2011 Pro Bowl fell from two to one when offensive tackle Jake Long dropped out due to a shoulder injury, but now it's back to two with the addition of long snapper John Denney.

Hand-picked by AFC head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots, Denney will join Dolphins' outside linebacker Cameron Wake in Honolulu for the Pro Bowl on Jan. 30.

It's a nice honor for Denney, who was signed by Nick Saban and the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent out of BYU in 2005 and is the longest-tenured long snapper on the AFC East.

Since taking over for long-time veteran snapper Ed Perry, Denney has appeared in all 96 possible regular season games, as well as the team's lone playoff game in that span against the Baltimore Ravens in 2008.

Bad snaps have been few and far between for Denney, and the only rough game I can ever remember him having was the regular season finale against the New York Jets in 2008.

The Dolphins signed Denney to a four-year, $3.03 million contract last June, joining placekicker Dan Carpenter and punter Brandon Fields as the Dolphins locked up their special teams trifecta long-term.

In Honolulu, Denney will be working with Baltimore Ravens placekicker Billy Cundiff, who was 26-of-29 in field goals with 40 touchbacks, and Oakland Raiders punter Shane Lechler, who 47 yards per punt with 27 dropped inside the opponent's 20-yard line.

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