Patriots sign QB Gutierrez to practice squad


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
The New England Patriots have signed a third quarterback. Sort of.

They have added Matt Gutierrez to their practice squad.

Gutierrez didn't survive final cuts despite a decent preseason. In three exhibitions, he completed 29 of 45 passes for 362 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for an 85.6 passer rating. The Patriots chose to keep Matt Cassel and rookie Kevin O'Connell, a third-round draft pick, as their backups to Tom Brady.

The Patriots also signed P Tom Malone to their practice squad and released DB Mark Dillard.