With preseason reps at safety hard to come by, he has carved a niche' for himself as a special teams standout.
Once pegged as a mid-round draft pick while at Villanova, Ventrone suffered a devastating injury his senior season. A broken leg during the team's fourth game ended his collegiate career. Despite the injury, the Patriots were impressed enough with his previous body of work to sign him as a free-agent.
Ventrone went to camp and eventually earned himself a spot on the practice team.
Two seasons, and one stint in Europe, later, Ventrone is reunited with coach Mangini.
"Having him in New England and working with him, he's a high-motor guy." Coach Mangini said during his Monday press-conference. "He's a really good person. You respect and appreciate his intensity and his focus and his effort."
Although his playing time at safety has increased; Ventrone is now seeing action with the second team defense- it's on special teams is where he has excelled, recording three tackles during last week's game versus the Minnesota Vikings.
"Whenever they call my number I am going to go out and do whatever they tell me to do to the best of my ability." Ventrone said. "And the most opportunity I have had, in the preseason, has been on special teams. I guess I have just taken advantage of my opportunities so far."
With two more preseason games left to state his case, Ventrone plans on making the most of his opportunities to seize a spot on Mangini's 53-man roster.