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September 13, 2012

After watching Raiders' snap snafus, John Phillips knew what to expect as Cowboys' backup long snapper

John Phillips watched the Monday night game between the Raiders and Chargers. He saw Raiders long snapper Jon Condo leave with a concussion, and the Raiders then fail to execute three punts with Condo's replacement, linebacker Travis Goethel.

So, as the backup deep snapper for the Cowboys, Phillips had a feeling what he’d be working on extra this week.

“I think everybody is going to do a lot this week,” he said of his fellow backup deep snappers across the league. “I think every team is going to be focusing on that and make sure the second guy gets a lot of reps.”

Sounds like a plan to Jason Garrett, too.

He confessed that the Raiders’ snafus got his attention, so Phillips will get a few reps just in case anything were to ever happen to LP Ladouceur, who has played in 110 games.

“The answer I’d like to give you is no, we always get our backup guys ready. But I think it got everybody’s attention around the league,” Garrett said. “We’ve worked a lot with John Phillips in that situation throughout training camp. I think it calls everybody to attention, really, to make sure you’re squared away in that area. You only carry one long snapper on your team. If you’re lucky, you have another position player who has experience doing it.”

Phillips’ experience, however, extends only to practice.

Asked if he’s ever snapped in a game at any level, he said, “No.”

Did he ever snap before he got to the Cowboys? “No.”

He laughed.

Then how did he get started?

“Joe D got me when I was a rookie,” he said of special teams coach Joe DeCamillis. “So I learned how to do it when I was a rookie. We’re just doing it to get by. I mean, LP will be fine. You’ve just got to get a couple of snaps in and make sure you can do it.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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