Patriots sign pizza store employee to practice squad

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By , Audacy Sports

An aspiring NFL player who found work at a North Dakota pizza joint after being cut during training camp has latched on with a new team.

Sebastian Gutierrez, who starred collegiately at Division II Minot State in North Dakota, has signed been signed to the Patriots' practice squad.

Gutierrez, 24, was cut by the Broncos in late August. He signed with Denver in May after going undrafted in April.

Following his August release, the 6-foot-6, 295-pounder returned to the Peace Garden State to find a job that allowed him to continue training toward pursing his dream of playing in the NFL.

That's how he wound up behind the counter at his "favorite pizza place," Uncle Maddio's in Minot.

Store owner Losson Leonard told KKTV in Colorado that he expects Gutierrez won't be back.

“I think he’s a great young man, and I wish him the best. I think he’ll do well. I think once they let him in the door, he’ll never come out, I think he’ll have a great career in the NFL,” Leonard said, "both on and off the field."

The Gutierrez signing comes after the Patriots added offensive tackle Marcus Cannon to the 53-man roster from the practice squad. Cannon was promoted after Yodny Cajuste was placed on injured reserve.

It seems the Patriots may have acted with Gutierrez's services apparently in demand. He visited the Seattle Seahawks earlier in the week, and was scheduled for a second workout before signing with New England, according to media reports.

In Week 5, the Patriots were set to host the Detroit Lions at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.

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