Tag:Ross Ventrone
Posted on: February 4, 2012 12:06 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2012 10:02 am

Pats S Ross Ventrone just happy to be here

Ventrone won't play Sunday, but he does a decent Steven Tyler impression. (US Presswire)
By Josh Katzowitz

INDIANAPOLIS -- You couldn’t keep the smile off Ross Ventrone’s face last Tuesday at Media Day. He was taking requests to sing Aerosmith songs, and he was discussing why his long brown hair was a better look than teammate Tiquan Underwood’s fade. Basically, Ventrone was having a blast, and for a guy who’s on the New England practice squad and won’t play in Super Bowl XLVI, the safety drew a decent crowd during the hour of media availability.

Ventrone, you see, is happy just to be here.

He was cut eight times this season. And re-signed to the practice squad eight times. And promoted to the active roster five times. Ventrone can never get comfortable, because by the time he settles into a routine, he’s involved in another transaction.

“I just kept plugging away and working hard,” Ventrone said. “Everything worked out. I’m here, part of the organization. I’m glad things went the way they did.”

Ventrone has played in eight games this season and made a grand total of two tackles. But it’s not bad for a former University of Pittsburgh walk-on who transferred to Villanova and went unselected in the 2010 NFL draft. He spent most of his rookie year on the practice squad, and this season, he’s had a little more impact on his team. You know, when he was actually a member of it and not being released by the Patriots.

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“Honestly, I don’t even think of it like that,” Ventrone said. “I just think that they want me on the team. They want me back. I keep working hard and try not to let that bother me or keep me down at all. I’m a positive person.”

And a funny dude. While mugging for the cameras, he referred to himself as “Rusty Benson 35” (his Twitter handle) and “Mr. Really.” He sang the climax of Aerosmith’s “Dream On” in a decent-enough falsetto. He talked about the last time the Patriots were in the Super Bowl, when he watched from the stands as his brother, Raymond Ventrone (now a Browns defensive back) played for New England and made a big-time special-teams tackle late in the game.

“Being in a similar position as him, it’s cool,” Ross Ventrone said. “We played at the same high school and same college and now we’ve played for the Patriots. It’s cool to walk in the footsteps of your older brother.”

Now, he’s just hoping that his Super Bowl experience turns out differently than the final result of Raymond’s experience.  Not that he’ll have much say about it either way since he’ll be on the sideline dressed in civilian clothes.

“Aw man, I’m just having fun with this,” Ross Ventrone said. “I love this stuff. I love doing all the silly stuff. I’m just trying to take it all in.”

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Posted on: September 24, 2011 9:27 pm
Edited on: September 24, 2011 9:27 pm

Chung, Haynesworth, Hernandez all out vs. Bills

Is this the week the Bills snap their 0-15 losing streak to the Pats? (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Most reasonable people would agree that Tom Brady is the most important player on the Patriots roster. But despite the mythologizing, he can't beat you by himself. It hasn't come to that just yet for New England, but when the Pats face the Bills Sunday, they'll do so without many of their key players.

Second-year tight end Aaron Hernandez is out with a sprained MCL, and he'll be joined on the sidelines by strong safety Patrick Chung (thumb), defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth (back), wide receiver Taylor Price (hamstring), right tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back), and defensive lineman Mike Wright (concussion).

New England signed safety Ross Ventrone from the practice squad to replace Chung, and Price's absence could mean that this is the week that Chad Ochocinco finally gets on track (he has just three catches in two games). But it appears that against the Bills the team will go with just one healthy tight end: Rob Gronkowski.

While Brady has proven that he can win without big-play wide receivers (look no further than the 2006 season when the Pats' No. 1 wide receiver was Reche Caldwell), New England's already-shaky defense could be in trouble against the suddenly potent Bills offense.

Patriots.com breaks down the concerns about the secondary:
With Chung out, the Patriots are dangerously thin and inexperienced at safety. Josh Barrett has started the first two games of the season – his first two games in a Patriots uniform. Sergio Brown has also gotten playing time in the first two weeks, in just his second season since joining the team as an undrafted rookie out of Notre Dame off the practice squad midway through last year. James Ihedigbo also has seen some run in the early going. Ross Ventrone was promoted from the practice squad this weekend. But none of the mix could be considered a known commodity or proven playmaker. Barrett seems to have the most potential of the group, but let’s not forget he’s already playing with a cast on his right hand, while Ihedigbo is more experience on special teams than defense in his career.
The Bills, who Vegas pegged as 8.5-point home underdogs earlier in the week, might have their best chance in years to beat the Patriots. It certainly helps that some of New England's best players will be in their civvies at kickoff. That said, history favors Brady and Belichick. In the last 15 matchups between the two teams, New England is 15-0.

The New England Patriots are prepared to take on the Buffalo Bills on Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Who will come out on top? NFL.com's Pat Kirwan and Jason Horowitz go inside the numbers to preview this game. Watch the game on CBS at 1 PM ET.

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