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Packers sign LS Jesse Schmitt to compete with Rick Lovato

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A battle of long snappers begins in Green Bay.

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The Green Bay Packers haven't stopped tinkering with their 90-man roster. On Tuesday, the team added long snapper Jesse Schmitt.

Schmitt entered the NFL has an undrafted free agent in 2014, though he has not spent time on any team's 53-man roster to date. He played his college ball at Purdue, serving as the Boilermakers' long snapper from 2012-'14.

More significantly, the addition of Schmitt suggests that the Packers haven't felt good enough about Rick Lovato's performance to simply roll with him into the preseason, nor do they believe long-time starter Brett Goode has recovered enough to make his return. The latter situation could change in the coming weeks and months as Goode puts more time between him and the ACL tear he suffered on Dec. 20 against the Oakland Raiders.

With Schmitt in the mix, long snapper becomes the latest special-teams position to see increased competition. Green Bay signed undrafted rookie Peter Mortell back in April to battle incumbent Tim Masthay for the punting job.

Jason B. Hirschhorn is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and covers the NFL for Sports on Earth and SB Nation. He also serves as the senior writer and editor for Acme Packing Company, a Green Bay Packers blog.