In The Red Zone

Earlier Monday morning the New England Patriots filled out the remaining slots on their 8-man practice squad, there was also one change in the squad and I’m not sure why.  It was reported Sunday by the Boston media that Alex Silvestro was at Gillette Stadium with the others to sign their practice squad contracts but when Bill Belichick released the names this morning the former Rutgers players was not among them.

So here is the Patriots Practice Squad in full:

  • RB Eric Kettani
  • DE/LB Markell Carter
  • OL Nick McDonald
  • OL Matt Kopa
  • DE Aaron Lavarias
  • WR Kerry Taylor
  • S Ross Ventrone
  • OL Thomas Welch

Kettani, Carter, Lavarias and Ventrone were all with the team in camp and McDonald who signed last night came from Green Bay.

Kopa, originally an undrafted free agent out of Stanford, had signed with San Francisco in 2010.  He spent time on the 49ers practice squad and on the Miami Dolphins 53-man roster but didn’t see any game action.  Miami released him on Saturday.

Taylor was signed as an undrafted free agent this summer by Green Bay out of Arizona State, he was released on Saturday.

Welch was originally a 7th round pick of New England in 2010 out of Vanderbilt.  He was released by the Pats in the final cutdown last season and went to Minnesota as a practice squad player.  He was elevated to the 53-man roster in December but did not play in any of the remaining games.  The Vikings released him on Saturday.

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