The Patriots figured they need another healthy tight end after they suited up for Friday’s game with only one on the roster.
So they re-signed Justin Jones, who the team had cut a week prior, and released their second long snapper, Tyler Ott, according to reports.
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
An East Carolina product, Jones showed flashes of promise in training camp before he was waived. He struggled in the team’s first preseason game against Washington blocking, a critical function of his job, and he was targeted only once in the passing game despite playing 32 of the team’s 56 offensive snaps. He did not record a reception.
After Jones was waived, along with tight end Asa Watson, the team brought in three new players at the position: Steve Maneri, Ben Hartsock, and Terrence Miller. Hartsock was waived on Thursday and Miller was waived with an injury designation before converting to injured reserve. Maneri, along with the fullback James Develin, was the team’s only tight end Friday against Philadelphia.