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Harvard's Ott out of Pats' snapper mix

8/17/2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots informed rookie long snapper Tyler Ott of his release on Sunday, marking a decisive move in one of the under-the-radar competitions in training camp.

That leaves incumbent Danny Aiken, the team's snapper the last three seasons, as the lone snapper on the roster at this time.

Ott, an undrafted free agent from Harvard, was part of the protection unit that surrendered a blocked punt in Friday night's preseason game. The player Ott was blocking, receiver Arrelious Benn, had the block.

With the Patriots not bringing competition aboard for kicker Stephen Gostkowski and punter Ryan Allen this year, the competition between Aiken and Ott has been the lone area to monitor among specialists. Aiken enters his fourth NFL season in 2014. He had initially signed with the Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2011 but was waived at the end of the preseason that year, with the Patriots claiming him on waivers.