The Green Bay Packers have officially signed undrafted free agent long snapper Derek Hart, in a deal made on Friday.
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Hart, a graduate from James Madison in 2015, was the Duke’s long snapper for three seasons. A 6-foot-4, 245-pound rookie, Hart played in 43 games at James Madison University.
After spending 9 months as an engineer for Harley-Davidson, Hart participated in free-agent combines during January and March before receiving an invitation to work out for the Packers.
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The Packers have already signed Taybor Pepper, a former long snapper from Michigan State University.
Hart’s signing presents a new hurdle for the former long snapper, Brett Goode. Goode spent the last nine years as Green Bay’s long snapper, despite tearing his ACL in 2015 and missing time.
The move seemingly looks to add competition this summer and if Goode remains unsigned, a new face.
— Patrick Backlas covers the Green Bay Packers as a columnist for cover32 Packers. Connect and follow on Twitter @PatrickBacklas