The Patriots special teams situation might get a little more interesting.
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus appeared on The Dan Patrick Show Thursday, and when he was discussing the pending commitment of Baltimore draftee Keenan Reynolds, he dropped this nugget regarding the future of Patriots long snapper Joe Cardona.
“We have Joe Cardona, long snapper for the Patriots,” Mabus said. “He played last year for the Patriots while he was on active duty because he was able to work them both out. He’s been assigned to a ship, and he’s going to report to that ship so he may need to leave the Patriots for a year or so in order to go fulfill that role.”
Cardona’s status has always been thought of as somewhat tenuous because of his commitments — in addition to his work with the Patriots, he’s spent the last year-plus working at the Naval Preparatory Academy in Newport, R.I., as part of his duties as an active member of the Navy.
This could also explain why the Patriots added veteran long snapper Christian Yount to the roster as a free agent earlier this spring.
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