The great long-snapper controversy in New England is over.
According to Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston, the Patriots have re-signed long-snapper Danny Aiken, as well as linebacker Chris White. These two moves filled out the final two slots on the 53-man roster.
After Aiken was initially, some thought Bill Belichick had decided to simply not carry a long-snapper this year, leaving those duties up to defensive end Rob Ninkovich. But after going over the situation a little bit deeper, it became obvious that Belichick wouldn’t risk injuring one of his top defensive players to snap the ball on field goals, so it was inevitable for the Pats to bring in a long-snapper.
I think Aiken was as good a choice as any, given that he has been with the Patriots for a few years, and for the most part, his snaps have always been on point.
In addition to those two moves, the Pats have re-signed quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson to the practice squad, as per Doug Kyed of NESN:
The Patriots re-signed QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson to the practice squad.
— Doug Kyed (@DougKyedNESN) September 4, 2014
As game-day nears, I think this will conclude the tinkering of the roster (for now), as the team gets focused on heading down to Miami, and snagging a week one victory. However if they continue to mess around with the roster, be sure to check in here at Musket Fire, as we will be updating you every step of the way.