The New England Patriots made a few minor roster moves yesterday, releasing long-snapper Tyler Ott, and bringing back rookie tight end Justin Jones.
The Patriots have re-signed undrafted tight end Justin Jones. #patriotstalk
— Tom E. Curran (@tomecurran) August 17, 2014
Patriots inform long snapper Tyler Ott, of Harvard, that he is being released. Incumbent Danny Aiken the lone snapper now on roster.
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) August 17, 2014
After Ott missed a block last week which led to a blocked punt, it was just a matter of time before he would be released. I don’t think he had much of a chance against Danny Aiken to begin with, but his poor play against the Eagles sealed his fate. Aiken is a quality long-snapper, and I am glad he will be the starter for the 2014 season.
As for Jones, I wouldn’t read too much into this signing, as the tight end position is an insane revolving door at this point. Rob Gronkowski and Michael Hoomanawanui will be the two starters, but both of them are currently injured, which leaves New England’s depth extremely thin right now. Jones is a physical freak, but needs a lot of development to become a solid NFL player. We will monitor how long he can stay on this roster moving forward.