Ventrone Back: Pats resign safety

FOXBORO, Mass. -- Ray Ventrone is back in a Patriots uniform after clearing waivers. The Villanova product was re-signed to New England's practice squad.

The New England Patriots signed safety Raymond Ventrone to the practice squad on Friday. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound Villanova product was signed from the practice squad to the team's active roster for the game against the Colts last week. He was waived during the week and re-signed after clearing waivers.

The Patriots originally signed Ventrone as an undrafted free agent on April 28, 2005. He spent time on the teams practice om 2005. He sat out the 2006 season due to injury. The New York Jets signed him to their practice squad this season, but released him September 12, 2007.

Ventrone's reputation as a hard hitter in college is one of the traits that drew the team's scouts to him. He played in NFL Europe for the cologne Centurions in 2006 before suffering a season-ending injury. Although he may not be the prototypical size of current top tier safeties in the league, the Patriots see something in Ventrone that continues to pique their interest. This is his third season in New England.

Patriots Quick Hits

  • --QB Tom Brady doubled his season total for interceptions with his pair of errant passes that ended up getting picked off in Sunday's win over the Colts. The mistakes led to Brady's lowest passer rating of the season, although his 95.2 for the game is still more than respectable and outperformed Peyton Manning's 83.1 for the contest.

  • --RB Laurence Maroney got off to a solid start on the ground against the Colts, rushing for 24 yards on his first four touches and finishing the first half with 48 yards on nine attempts (5.3 avg.). The second-year starter found much tougher going in the second half, though, and finished the win in Indy with just 59 yards on 15 carries for a 3.9-yard average. Maroney leads the Patriots with 89 carries for 417 yards (4.7 avg.) for the season.

  • --TE Benjamin Watson had a quiet return to action after missing two games with an ankle injury. Watson caught just two passes for 10 yards in the win over the Colts, and now has 20 catches for 232 yards and five touchdowns on the year.

  • --WR Wes Welker ranks third in the NFL heading into his team's bye week with 61 receptions, coming off his five catches for 38 yards and a score against the Colts.

  • --WR Randy Moss tied a Patriots franchise record (Stanley Morgan, 1986) with his 12th TD reception of the season on Sunday. Moss now has 56 catches for 924 yards, a yardage total that leads the NFL through nine weeks.

  • --SS Rodney Harrison recorded his first interception of the season early in the third quarter against Peyton Manning and the Colts. Harrison played a nickel linebacker role in New England's unique scheme against the Colts and had a solid day helping hold Indy TE Dallas Clark to just two catches for 15 yards.

  • --DE Jarvis Green closed out the win over the Colts with a fourth-quarter strip sack of Peyton Manning that was recovered in the air for the turnover by teammate Rosevelt Colvin. The sack was Green's fourth of the season, a number that ranks second on a New England defense that's totaled 25 sacks for the year

  • --DE Ty Warren paced the Patriots defense with seven tackles in the win over the Colts.

  • --LB Rosevelt Colvin had two tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in a return to an RCA Dome where he sold cotton-candy as a game day vendor as a youngster growing up in Indianapolis.

  • --RB Kevin Faulk became the 18th different Patriot to score a touchdown in 2007 on his 13-yard game-winning catch-and-run score in the fourth quarter of Sunday's win. The 18 different players reaching the end zone for New England in the first nine games established a franchise record and is just three-shy of the NFL record of 21 set by the '04 Broncos and the '87 rams.

  • -- In the 88-year history of the NFL, there have been six games that have matched up undefeated teams with five or more victories. The Patriots have taken part in three of those games and have won all three, including two this season. The 5-0 Patriots beat the 5-0 Dallas Cowboys 48-27 on Oct. 14 and the 8-0 Patriots defeated the 7-0 Colts 24-20. Additionally, the 5-0 Patriots beat the 5-0 New York Jets 13-7 on Oct. 24, 2004.

  • --LB Mike Vrabel sacked Peyton Manning for a four-yard loss in the third quarter. The sack raised Vrabel's season total to 8.5 sacks, a mark that leads the team and is just one shy of his career-best single-season total of 9.5 set in 2003.. Entering this week's games, Vrabel's 7.5 sacks led all NFL linebackers and ranked second overall in the AFC and fifth overall in the NFL.

 

THEY SAID IT: "This is just one game. We came out with more points. It was a 60-minute game. When you have two teams coming into it undefeated, you're going to have that. I don't think anyone was disappointed." -- Junior Seau, on two undefeated teams squaring off.


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