49ers claim LS Kyle Nelson off waivers, waive P Anthony Santella

Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

The 49ers made a roster move to add another long snapper. WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?!

Every day, the NFL releases a rundown of all transactions after the clubs have been notified of results. Late yesterday, the NFL announced the 49ers had been awarded long snapper Kyle Nelson via waivers. To make room for Nelson, the 49ers placed punter Anthony Santella on waivers. If Santella is not claimed off waivers, he will become a free agent.

This marks Nelson's second go-around with the 49ers. The 49ers originally signed Nelson to a future/reserve contract after the 2011 season. He made it to final cuts before getting the axe and eventually joining the Chargers.

This is the second straight year the 49ers have a pair of long-snappers behind Pro Bowler Brian Jennings. Nelson joins undrafted free agent addition Kevin McDermott. There is no reason to think Jennings will be losing his job anytime soon, but the 49ers continue to push competition all along the roster.

I do find it interesting that they released the backup punter. Santella was not going to beat out Andy Lee, but I'm surprised they wouldn't keep him around as a camp leg. I would not be surprised to see some kind of kicker or punter join the team by training camp.

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