The Ravens parted ways with longsnapper Matt Katula in order to make room for undrafted rookie cornerback Brad Jones who was previously released in the spring.
Katula, who signed a five-year contract just two years ago, was deemed expendable because of his inconsistent play last season.
Being a longsnapper in the NFL, there's less room for error than there is at any other position. Especially in Katula's case, as he was not able to contribute as a reserve offensive or defensive lineman--he was strictly a longsnapper.
Katula developed elbow tendonitis last season, which led to erratic snaps on both field goals and punts.
Perhaps the writing was on the wall, as he saw no playing time in Thursday night’s preseason opener. Instead, Morgan Cox, an undrafted rookie out of Tennessee handled all of the longsnapping duties.
Longsnappers are much like referees and officials in the way that no one takes much notice to them—or what they’re doing—until something goes awry.