After some surprising cuts and a potentially great signing, one might expect the Patriots front office to rest on their laurels. That certainly wasn’t the case today, as New England continued to assemble the best 53-man roster possible.
Long-snapper James Dearth, recently signed to replace Matt Katula, was himself let go to make room for former Bills player Danny Aiken.
Aiken, a rookie from Virginia, is a very athletic snapper that has the ability to make some plays down the field as well as block. Bill Belichick loves having a snapper that isn’t a liability on the line or in tackling.
Steve Maneri was released to create space for newly-signed offensive lineman Brian Waters. Maneri’s athleticism and swing-tackle ability made him a good depth play for the Patriots, but three offensive tackles seems to be enough for the team at this point.
For the practice squad, the Patriots are expected to sign former sixth-round DE Markell Carter, as well as UDFA’s Alex Silvestro and Aaron Lavarias. Ross Ventrone is also expected to make the squad.
One name initially thought headed to the practice squad was tight end Will Yeatman. That ended when the Miami Dolphins reportedly put in a claim for his services.
Tags: Roster Moves