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Cardinals Sign Long Snapper Justin Drescher

Former Saint arrives to replace injured Aaron Brewer


The Cardinals have signed former Saints long snapper Justin Drescher.

Ever since Mike Leach retired after the 2015 season – following long stretches of long snapping by Leach, Nate Hodel and Trey Junkin, reaching back into the 1990s – the Cardinals have had trouble keeping a long snapper.

Rookie Kam Canaday washed out last season, so the Cardinals signed veteran Aaron Brewer. Brewer has done well, but when he broke his wrist Sunday in Philadelphia, the Cardinals had to find yet another replacement.

The team officially signed veteran Justin Drescher Tuesday to fill the void. Drescher snapped for the Saints in every game for the past six seasons, before being released with an injury settlement this August after hurting his leg.

Brewer was placed on injured reserve.

The Saints had tried to move on from Drescher in the offseason, but after others didn't work out, New Orleans brought Drescher back early in camp. He was hurt later, and replaced by Jon Dorenbos.

Coach Bruce Arians praised the emergency work of Josh Mauro and Evan Boehm after Brewer's injury Sunday. Mauro snapped on punts, Boehm on kicks. After originally saying Boehm's slower snap caused a blocked field goal in the game, Arians changed his mind Monday.

"Josh jumped in there," Arians said. "(Punter) Andy Lee did a remarkable job with just getting balls out of there and putting them in positions where they fair caught them. Hats off to Andy. Then, (kicker) Phil (Dawson) just took a little too long. It was actually a decent snap by Evan for the field goal. He just took too long."

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