Katula ready to snap to it for Pats

November, 10, 2010
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots today confirmed the signing of long snapper Matt Katula and announced the release of former long snapper Jake Ingram. A sixth-round pick of the Patriots in 2009, Ingram had struggled in recent games for the Patriots, including a bad snap on a punt during Sunday’s loss to Cleveland.

Katula, 28, snapped for the Baltimore Ravens from 2005-2009 before losing his job to rookie Morgan Cox this preseason.

“Everybody’s fighting for a job, and some decisions are out of your hands,” Katula said on Wednesday. “You just try to do your best, and do your job to the best of your abilities and that’s what I hope to do here.”

After being cut by the Ravens in mid-August, Katula has been out of football. He said that has kept him fresh and he is now fully healthy.

Even so, Katula -- who will wear jersey No. 48 -- understands a long snapping job in the NFL is never guaranteed.

“The whole goal of this position is to not have to talk to you guys,” he said. “If your name’s not mentioned, you’re doing your job. That’s what we all try to do: stay out of the limelight. The limelight is not good.”

Katula will join another new specialist for the Patriots, kicker Shayne Graham, who was signed to replace the injured Stephen Gostkowski (torn quad muscle).

“Shayne was with me in Baltimore with me during the preseason, so I have a little familiarity there, which is nice,” Katula said.

When the Patriots travel to face Pittsburgh on Sunday night, Katula will be returning to a familiar place, as the Ravens were a top rival of the Steelers. Katula also joins the Patriots when the colder weather will begin to become a factor.

“I’m from Wisconsin originally, so I grew up in cold weather, and I have fairly big hands, so I’m used to it,” he said. “I think I’ve played in Pittsburgh more than any other stadium besides Baltimore, so I have a little familiarity there.”

Mike Rodak

ESPN Buffalo Bills reporter

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