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New Orleans Saints long snapper Justin Drescher (47) snaps the ball as New Orleans Saints kicker Wil Lutz (3) warms up during the first half of an NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman) ORG XMIT: GAMS1

A competition is brewing at one of the specialty roles on the New Orleans Saints roster.

New Orleans did not re-sign Justin Drescher after his contract expired at the end of the 2016 season, leaving a space wide open for another snapper to take over the role Drescher's handled for the past seven seasons.

The Saints signed Utah's Chase Dominguez as an undrafted free agent, adding him to a group that already includes offseason signing Jesse Schmitt and second-year tight end Garrett Griffin, who also plays offense.

"(Schmitt)’s one right now, and we’ll look to sign one after the draft probably," Saints coach Sean Payton said after the draft on Saturday.

That player came in the form of Dominguez, who started all four years at Utah, made eight tackles in his career and snapped for three straight Ray Guy Award winners.

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