FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots signed quarterback Matt Gutierrez to their active roster from their practice squad today. Additionally, the Patriots released wide receiver C.J. Jones.
Gutierrez (pronounced goo-TARE-ez), 24, was originally signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Idaho State on May 8, 2007. The 6-foot-4-inch, 230-pound quarterback played in five games for the Patriots as a rookie last season and completed one pass for 15 yards. Gutierrez was inactive as the Patriots' third quarterback in the remaining 11 games of the 2007 season. He was released by the Patriots on Aug. 30, 2008 and was signed to the Patriots' practice squad on Sept. 10, 2008.
Jones, 27, was listed as a day-of-game inactive in the Patriots' season opener against Kansas City last week after serving as a member of the Patriots' practice squad for the entire 2007 season. He has not appeared in an NFL game. Jones was originally signed by the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent from the Univeristy of Iowa on May 2, 2003. He spent parts of the 2003 season and the entire 2004 season on the Browns' practice squad before spending the 2005 and 2006 seasons out of football.