Rookie DTs waived; changes at snapper

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Three days after claiming rookie defensive tackles Kelcy Quarles (Giants) and Bruce Gaston (Cardinals) on waivers, the New England Patriots waived both players off their 53-man roster on Wednesday.

Also, the team waived long snapper Charley Hughlett from their practice squad and is strongly considering re-signing four-year veteran Danny Aiken -- who worked out for the Broncos on Tuesday -- to once again be their long snapper.

The moves continue a dizzying few days of transactions that reflect the Patriots' overall strategy of building the best 63-man unit (53 active players plus 10 on the practice squad).

Quarles and Gaston would be strong practice squad candidates if they clear waivers and decide they want to return to New England. It will be interesting to see if the Giants (with Quarles) and Cardinals (with Gaston) make a competitive bid to bring their former players back.

With the moves today, the Patriots currently have two open spots on their 53-man roster. Aiken would fill one if he re-signs, as expected, and perhaps core special-teamer Chris White returns to assume the other.

There is one open spot on the 10-man practice squad.