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Danny Aiken returns to Patriots

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The Patriots cut long snapper Danny Aiken as they made their way to 53 players last weekend, leaving them without a snapper for punts and placekicks heading into the season.

New England remedied that problem on Thursday by turning back to Aiken. The team announced that they have re-signed the man who has done their long snapping for the last three seasons and he should be back in that familiar role against the Dolphins on Sunday.

Aiken is not the only recently dropped Patriot to find his way back to the team. Linebacker Chris White has also been re-signed, giving the Patriots back a player who played all 16 games for them as a special teamer last season. They’ve also brought quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson back to the practice squad a day after they releasing him and three days after signing him in the first place.

Defensive tackles Kelcy Quarles and Bruce Gaston, both of whom were claimed on waivers after the cut to 53 players, were released after just a few days with the team and long snapper Charley Hughlett was let go from the practice squad.

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10 Responses to “Danny Aiken returns to Patriots”
  1. scrp2 says: Sep 4, 2014 11:48 AM

    Uhh.. did we run this by Tom and Gisele?

  2. citizenstrange says: Sep 4, 2014 11:48 AM

    Remember when Honest Mike “Twelfth Man” Tomlin lost a game late in the 4th quarter by using James Harrison as the emergency long snapper and Harrison snapped it about 20 yards over Mitch Berger’s head for a game-tying safety which ultimately led to a 21-14 Giants win?

    Regular long snapper Greg Warren had torn a knee ligament and even though center Justin Hartwig and right guard Darnell Stapleton, a former Rutgers center were available Tomlin let James Harrison snap. James Harrison! Good times!

    Is that appropriate above the line coaching in stadiums on blades of grass? The arrow is pointing DOWN!

  3. 6ball says: Sep 4, 2014 12:26 PM

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    If Gaston and Quarles clear waivers, the Patriots would most likely sign them to the practice squad.
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  4. crazyaboutthepigskin says: Sep 4, 2014 12:47 PM

    Hoodie move. Cut a player to be resigned a few days later and in the interim time evaluate and move around the bottom third of the roster and pan for gold amongst the turds.

  5. mrphelps01 says: Sep 4, 2014 12:49 PM

    What? No press conference?

  6. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Sep 4, 2014 1:00 PM

    “Welcome back, Danny. Now, we are going to need you to take a pay cut… unless you like Oakland.”

  7. pats1944 says: Sep 4, 2014 1:02 PM

    Classic Bill saving $50,000 by cutting this guy

  8. weepingjebus says: Sep 4, 2014 1:03 PM

    Just messing with the Dolphins assistants that have to keep up with personnel changes. Belichick will also probably pull over on the way home tonight and inexplicably stare at a lamp post for 20 minutes, just so some Dolphins scouts have to camp out overnight there.

    #InTheirHeads

  9. pftaddict says: Sep 4, 2014 3:08 PM

    I would avoid buying a car from this dealer because you know that someway/somehow Josh Gordon’s salary is going to be passed off to the consumer.

  10. revren10 says: Sep 4, 2014 7:02 PM

    This means Super Bowl victory

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