FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots announced today the signing S Ross Ventrone from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. In addition, the Patriots announced the signing of LB A.J. Edds to the practice squad.
Ventrone, 5-8, 190 pounds, was originally signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Villanova on April 29, 2010. He was waived by the Patriots on Sept. 4, 2010 and then signed to the practice squad on Oct. 19, 2010 where he finished the season. Ventrone went to camp with the Patriots in 2011 before being released on August 10 and then re-signed on August 29. He was signed to the practice squad on September 5, 2011.
Edds, 6-4, 246 pounds, was claimed off waivers and awarded to the Patriots from Miami on September 7, 2011 and saw action in the first two games of the season for New England before being released on September 22, 2011. He was originally drafted by Miami in the fourth round (199th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft out of Iowa. He spent his rookie season on injured reserve with a knee injury. Edds was a four-year letterman and a three-year starter at Iowa.