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Anchorage’s Overbaugh could play for Atlanta Falcons on opening day

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: September 6
  • Published September 5

Jeff Overbaugh (60) was perfect as a long snapper for San Diego State and made his NFL debut late last season with the Vikings. (Ernie Anderson / San Diego State University)

Anchorage's Jeff Overbaugh, who last season became the 11th Alaskan to play in the NFL, could play for the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday if an injury sidelines the team's veteran long snapper.

Overbaugh, 24, was added to Atlanta's practice squad and took snaps with the team earlier this week, according to a report by the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The moves give the Falcons a backup in case Josh Harris isn't able to play in the season-opening game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Harris, who has played 103 consecutive games since joining the Falcons in 2012, missed practice Sunday and Monday.

On Tuesday, Harris and Overbaugh both took snaps, according to the Atlanta newspaper. Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Harris' status will be a game-time decision, the Journal-Constitution said.

As San Diego State's long snapper, Overbaugh was perfect — he didn't make a mistake on 164 punts, 134 PATs or 55 field goals. At the 2016 Senior Bowl, he was named the game's top specialist.

Alaskans who have played in the NFL

Shane Bonham
Zack Bowman
Daryn Colledge
Travis Hall
Rocky Klever
Chris Kuper
Tom Neville
Jeff Overbaugh
Mark Schlereth
Reggie Tongue
Mao Tosi

(This list includes only those players who have played in a regular-season or post-season NFL game.)

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