FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots signed rookie linebacker Andre Torrey to the practice squad and released rookie safety Raymond Ventrone from the practice squad today. The Patriots practice squad stands at its limit of eight players.
Torrey, 23, was originally signed by the Patriots as an undrafted free agent on April 29, 2005. He was released by the team as part of the final roster cutdown on Sept. 3, 2005. The 6-foot-4-inch, 245-pound linebacker played in the final two preseason games for the Patriots this season and recorded two defensive tackles and one special teams tackle. Torrey attended the University of Arizona, where he played defensive end and led all Wilcdats linemen with 43 tackles as a senior.
Ventrone, 22, was originally signed by the Patriots as an undrafted free agent on April 28, 2005. He was released by the team as part of the final roster cutdown on Sept. 3, 2005 and was signed to the practice squad the next day. The 5-foot-10-inch, 200-pound defensive back played in all four of the Patriots' preseason games in 2005 and recorded eight tackles (6 solo) and one solo special teams tackle. Ventrone attended Villanova University, where he played in 35 career games and was named to the 2003 All-Atlantic 10 Conference first team.