Patriots Release Veteran Safety

Patriots make a roster move, a coaching change and that's just the start of things to come.

Patriots Waive Jones

The New England Patriots released veteran safety Tebucky Jones yesterday. The 32-year-old defender joined the team as an unrestricted free agent on April 6, 2006. He injured his leg during a preseason game against the Redskins and was placed on the reserve/injured list causing him to miss the entire 2006 season.

Jones was originally selected by the Patriots in the first round of the 1998 NFL Draft (22nd overall). He played five seasons for the Patriots before being traded to the New Orleans Saints. Jones spent two seasons in New Orleans (2003-04) before joining the Dolphins for the 2005 season. Over his nine-year career, he has managed 420 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 6 interceptions with six forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. He played in a total of 72 games for the Patriots.

New England tabbed Jones to provide depth in the secondary last season along with fellow safety Mel Mitchell (Saints). After releasing Jones, the team has 7 safeties; Rodney Harrison, Artrell Hawkins, Rashad Baker, Mel Mitchell and James Sanders, Willie Andrews and Eugene Wilson. The team released reserve safety Raymond Ventrone . Baker is a free agent, while Mitchell, Harrison and Wilson are all coming back from injury.

Ventrone officially a Jet

First reported by 's senior NFL Writer Adam Caplan on Patriots Insider, the New York Jets formally announced the signing of former New England safety Raymond Ventrone on Wednesday. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound Villanova product was recently released by the New England Patriots after spending time on the reserve injured list with a shoulder injury during the 2006 NFL Europe season.

Ventrone was the first Patriot to be signed for the 2007 season by former New England coordinator Eric Mangini. The Jets are also rumored to be interested in a number of other Patriots free agents.

New Coach In Place

When wide receivers coach Brian Daboll left the Patriots for a job with the New York Jets, the Patriots didn't' have an immediate replacement. The team announced that Nick Caserio, Director of pro personnel, would fill Daboll's position.

"I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with our receivers," Caserio said in a statement. "I have tremendous respect for our staff and players and am eager to join them in a coaching role."

Daboll, who left the team last week, reportedly was rebuffed when he asked for more responsibilities. He wanted to coach the quarterbacks. Head coach Bill Belichick, who had lauded Daboll with praise during a trying season with the receivers unit in a state of disarray, opted not promote him to the position last held by offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, so Daboll moved on.

Belichick expressed his support for Casiero and comfort in his ability to do the job.

"Since 2001, Nick has been a tremendous asset to this program through his contributions in both coaching and scouting. He brings a thorough understanding of our offensive system and personnel and we are excited for his return to the staff."

Caserio joined the Patriots staff in 2001 after stints as a graduate assistant at Saginaw Valley State and Central Michigan. He began as a personnel assistant and gradually rose through the ranks to the position of Director after a brief excursion as a coaching assistant for offensive coordinator Charlie Weis in 2002. Caserio played quarterback at Division III John Carroll University and was a teammate of Josh McDaniels who was one of his receivers.

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