The Patriots signed QB Matt Gutierrez to their practice squad today.
Gutierrez had been with the club last season and through 2008 training camp. He played in five games last season, completing his lone pass attempt for for 15 yards. His knowledge of the team's system likely made him the team's top choice to bolster the depth at quarterback.
The Patriots have just two quarterbacks on their active roster -- Matt Cassel and rookie Kevin O'Connell.
The team also announced that punter Tom Malone had been signed to the practice squad. He was a member of the Patriots' practice squad late in the 2006 season and was with the team for its 2007 training camp.
Safety Mark Dillard was released from the practice squad.