Changes at Kicker and Long Snapper

The New England Patriots are bringing in some new faces to help lift the special teams after a poor performance against the Cleveland Browns this past Sunday.

With an injury to Stephen Gostkowski, which could have him sidelined for two weeks, the Patriots signed veteran kicker Shayne Graham.  Graham, who spent the majority of his career with the Cincinnati Bengals, spent one game with the New York Giants this season filling in for an injured Lawrence Tynes.  The Patriots are bringing in Graham to kick for their Sunday night matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field where the 32-year-old has an 85.2 percent success rate over his career.

New England also made a switch at long snapper with the signing of Matt Katula on Tuesday, as the 28-year-old snapped for the Baltimore Ravens from 2005 to 2009.  

Katula will replace current Patriots long snapper Jake Ingram who has struggled as of late, with his most recent blunders coming in the Browns game, as one of his long snaps bounced in front of punter Zoltan Mesko, nearly resulting in a blocked punt. 

Bill Belichick is making it clear, at the halfway point of the season, he is unhappy with Ingram’s inconsistency and the inconsistent effort of the entire teams performance against the Browns by bringing in some new faces in hopes of jump-starting his teams current effort on special teams.  

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