Ballad of a long-snapper

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Kind of an interesting coincidence in two NFC South cities today.

In New Orleans, they're writing about how the arrival of long-snapper Jason Kyle should help the Saints. In Charlotte, they're writing about how the departure of Kyle could hurt the Panthers. May not seem like a big deal on the surface, but keep an eye on this one as the season goes on.

I've covered Kyle for a lot of years and can't recall ever seeing him have a bad snap, even in practice. That kind of consistency is what the Saints have been seeking throughout their special teams. That's something the Panthers had throughout Kyle's time with the team, but it's a luxury they no longer could afford with Julius Peppers eating up $18 million in salary-cap space.

Again, a long-snapper might not seem like that big of a deal, but having Kyle could win a game or two and not having him could cost you a game or two.