FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots announced that they have signed rookie safety Raymond Ventrone to the practice squad and released rookie linebacker Andre Torrey from the practice squad. The Patriots practice squad stands at its limit of eight players.
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. He was released from the practice squad on Sept. 7. 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.
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 and was signed to the practice squad on Sept. 7. 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 Wildcats linemen with 43 tackles as a senior.