As the New England Patriots signed wide receiver Tiquan Underwood and safety Ross Ventrone, the AFC East club also cut veteran safety James Sanders, tight end Garrett Mills, long snapper Matt Katula and cornerback Jonathan Wilhite.
The Patriots also cut seventh-round defensive back Malcolm Williams, defensive lineman Kade Weston, wide receivers Tyree Barnes and Darnell Jenkins and rookie free agent kicker Chris Koepplin, defensive end Clay Nurse and offensive lineman Mark Wetterer. Underwood is a veteran of two NFL seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was released by Jacksonville on August 25, 2011.
Underwood originally entered the NFL as a seventh round draft choice (253rd overall) by Jacksonville in the 2009 NFL draft out of Rutgers.
After beginning his rookie season on the practice squad, he joined the 53-man roster and appeared in three games, mainly on special teams. Last season, he played in 10 games and caught eight passes for 111 yards and returned 24 kicks for 561 yards, including a career-long of 53 yards in the season-opener vs. Denver.
Ventrone was originally signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Villanova last year and finished the season on the practice squad. Ventrone went to camp with the Patriots in 2011 before being released on Aug. 10.
Katula was the Patriots' snapper last season after being cut by the Baltimore Ravens.
Mills originally entered the NFL as a fourth-round draft pick of the Patriots in the 2006 NFL draft out of Tulsa and spent the majority of his rookie season with New England on the injured reserve list.
Mills is a veteran of five NFL seasons and has played with New England (2006), Minnesota (2007-09), Philadelphia (2010) and Cincinnati (2010). He was re-signed by the Patriots on Aug. 21.
Sanders is a veteran of six NFL seasons with the Patriots after joining the team as a fourth-round draft pick (133rd overall) out of Fresno State in 2005. He has played in 84 regular season games with 50 starts and has accumulated 300 total tackles, eight interceptions, 19 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He has also played in 10 postseason games with seven starts.
Wilhite is a veteran of three NFL seasons with the Patriots after joining the team as a fourth round draft pick (129th overall) out of Auburn in 2008. He has played in 39 career regular-season games with 13 starts and has accumulated 89 total tackles, three interceptions and eight special teams tackles. Wilhite was limited to nine games last season due to a hamstring injury.
Weston was drafted by the Patriots in the seventh round (248th overall) out of Georgia in the 2010 NFL Draft. He spent his rookie season on injured reserve with an abdomen injury.
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