FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots announced today that they have signed OL James Ferentz (FAIR-ins) to the 53-man roster from the practice squad.
Ferentz, 29, originally signed with New England as a free agent on May 18, 2017, and spent the 2017 season on the New England practice squad. The 6-foot-2, 285-pounder went to training camp with the Patriots this past summer but was released on Sept. 1 and signed to the practice squad on Sept. 2. Ferentz is a veteran of two NFL seasons with the Denver Broncos (2015-16). He originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Houston Texans out of Iowa in 2014 and spent his entire first season on the Houston practice squad. He was released by Houston on Sept. 5, 2015, and claimed off waivers by Denver on Sept. 6. Ferentz played in 14 games on offense and on special teams for Denver in 2015 and played in one postseason game during the Broncos run to the Super Bowl 50 title, seeing action against New England in the AFC Championship Game. In 2016, he played in seven games for Denver.