With incumbent long snapper Danny Aiken scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent, the New England Patriots added insurance to the position by re-signing Harvard’s Tyler Ott on Wednesday, according to the league wire.
Ott was recruited by the Crimson as a tight end, and served as a backup blocker and special-teamer as a freshman in 2010. His duties expanded to include long snapper as a sophomore in 2011, and the 6-foot-3, 255-pound specialist retained that role for three seasons while also catching 16 passes for 194 yards and four touchdowns on offense.
After being invited to the Senior Bowl last January, Ott went undrafted and signed with New England in May.
“We’ll see what happens moving forward, but I hope it’ll be a long career,” Ott said in August.
The 23-year-old worked alongside Aiken, kicker Stephen Gostkowski and punter Ryan Allen through the bulk of training camp, before being waived after two preseason games.