49ers sign new long snapper amidst a flurry of roster moves

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The San Francisco 49ers signed a new long snapper on Wednesday amidst other roster moves.

The San Francisco 49ers had a pretty busy day on Wednesday despite it being just a typical practice day. Along with some key injury decisions, the team also announced a flurry of roster moves.

One of those moves was the addition of a brand new long snapper.

The 49es officially announced that they had waived the incumbent Kyle Nelson and signed his replacement, 26-year-old Taybor Pepper.

Nelson has spent the last seven years with the 49ers after joining the team in 2014. The 33-year-old bounced around with a number of teams — including multiple short stints in San Francisco — before he finally stuck with the 49ers.

However, a 10-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs in December of 2018 was the first real misstep in his 49ers’ career. He would be temporarily replaced by Colin Holba but re-assume the role upon his return from suspension.

And since that point, there has been nothing to speak of in regards to his performance which is always a good thing for a long snapper. That is until this past week against the New York Giants.

The 49ers opted to move on from Kyle Nelson after a disastrous Week 3 performance.

Nelson had the worst outing of his career mishandling a total of five snape and even being replaced by backup offensive tackle Justin Skule late in the game. Skule, to his credit, had no issues in the role and arguably looked better than Nelson.

Despite being a reliable long snapper for seven years with the organization, Kyle Shanahan and company clearly weren’t taking any chances and moved on just like that.

His replacement, Taybor Pepper, has some NFL experience of his own having played 20 games over the course of his career including all 16 with the Miami Dolphins last season and four with the Green Bay Packers back in 2017.

Hopefully, this will be the last we speak of the 49ers’ long snapper situation for the remainder of the season.

Elsewhere, the 49ers officially announced the signing of tight end Daniel Helm and placed both tight end Jordan Reed and linebacker Mark Nzeocha on the injured reserve.

Meanwhile, the team signed both tight end Charlie Taumoepeau and offensive lineman Cody Conway to the practice squad while they released offensive lineman William Sweet from their 16-man practice squad.

Next. 49ers: George Kittle and Deebo Samuel cleared to return to practice. dark

Just some mid-week housekeeping including the departure of a long-tenured member of the organization.