Joe Vellano

Joe Vellano
No. 92Atlanta Falcons
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-10-30) October 30, 1988
Place of birth: Rexford, New York
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 300 lb (136 kg)
Career information
High school: Albany (NY) Christian Brothers Academy
College: Maryland
Undrafted: 2013
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Practice squad
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 2, 2015
Tackles: 60
Sacks: 3.0
Pass deflections: 0
Forced fumbles: 0
Player stats at

Joe Vellano (born October 30, 1988) is an American football defensive tackle for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Maryland, and signed with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2013. Vellano has also been a member of the Indianapolis Colts.

Professional career

New England Patriots

On April 30, 2013, Vellano signed with the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent.[1] In Week 5 against the Cincinnati Bengals, he received his first career start in place of Vince Wilfork, who was placed on injured reserve.[2] Vellano became a Super Bowl champion on February 1, 2015, helping the Patriots win Super Bowl XLIX.[3]

On August 31, 2015, the Patriots released Vellano.[4] He was re-signed to the practice squad on September 26,[5] and released again on September 30.[6]

Indianapolis Colts

On December 22, 2015, Vellano signed to the practice squad of the Indianapolis Colts.[7]

Second stint with Patriots

On January 26, 2016, the New England Patriots signed Vellano to a futures contract.[8] On September 3, 2016, he was released by the Patriots as part of final roster cuts.[9]

Atlanta Falcons

On September 6, 2016, Vellano was signed to the Falcons' practice squad.[10]

Personal life

Vellano was born and raised in Rexford, New York. He graduated from Christian Brothers Academy in 2007.


  1. Prewitt, Alex (April 30, 2013). "Joe Vellano signs undrafted free agent deal with New England Patriots". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
  2. Wilson, Aaron (December 18, 2013). "Ex-Terps DL Joe Vellano, now a starter for Patriots, earns praise from Bill Belichick". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved January 5, 2014.
  3. Wilson, Aaron (January 30, 2015). "Former Terps star lineman Joe Vellano now happy to be back playing with Patriots". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
  4. "New England Patriots 2016 Team Transactions - Trades, Injured List, Free Agents, and Signings - ESPN". Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  5. "Patriots make changes to the practice squad". September 25, 2015. Retrieved November 2, 2015.
  6. "Patriots release LB Dekoda Watson; Release three from practice squad". September 30, 2015. Retrieved November 2, 2015.
  7. "Indianapolis Colts make practice squad moves". December 22, 2015. Retrieved December 22, 2015.
  8. "Patriots sign DL Joe Vellano to a future contract". New England Patriots. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  9. "Patriots reach the 53-man roster limit".
  10. "Falcons Add DT Vellano to Practice Squad".
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