Dec 8, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Matthew Mulligan (88) is tackled by Cleveland Browns defensive back Joe Haden (23) during the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots Free Agent Profile: Danny Aiken, Matthew Mulligan

January 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots long snapper Danny Aiken against the Denver Broncos in the 2013 AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Aside from an errant snap in the divisional round playoff game against the Colts, Danny Aiken was pretty good all year long. The only way to really remember how a long snapper’s season went, is to recall all of his bad snaps. The only one that stands out in my mind is the one against Indianapolis, so I would have to say 2013 was a good year for Aiken.

Mulligan was another underrated performer of last year’s New England Patriots, as he was forced into playing a lot of snaps, because of Rob Gronkowski‘s various injuries. Like Michael Hoomanawanui, Mulligan wasn’t very good as a receiver, but he was solid as a blocker. Although he did catch his first career touchdown pass in week four against the Falcons, a one yard strike from quarterback Tom Brady.

I could definitely see Mulligan being brought back for blocking purposes next year, but if Hooman is re-signed, and New England selects a tight end in this year’s draft, then Mulligan may find himself out of a job. I would be surprised to see Aiken walk, but with the Patriots, anything is possible.

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