With a long week before their Monday night game against the New York Jets, the Patriots used some of the time to work out free agents who could be depth options in the event of injuries.
Players in for workouts this week included:
OLB Alex Hall (no practice squad eligibility)
DB Chevis Jackson (no practice squad eligibility)
DE Eric Moore (no practice squad eligibility)
The Patriots had previously expressed interest in Hall, placing an unsuccessful waiver claim on him earlier this year. The Cleveland Plain Dealer profiled him last year.
Hall, 25, was drafted in the seventh-round in 2008 by the Browns. As a rookie, he played in all 16 games, starting two, and registered three sacks. He played in 14 games in 2009 for the Browns before being sent to Philadelphia as part of the March 2010 trade involving CB Sheldon Brown. He was claimed off waivers by the Giants in July, and released during final cuts. He spent five weeks in Arizona this season as an inactive, was claimed off waivers by the Giants, and spent another four weeks as an inactive in New York before being released on Nov. 27. At 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds he projects as an outside linebacker in the Patriots’ 3-4 defense, a position he also played in Cleveland and Arizona.
Jackson, 24, was a third-round pick of the Falcons in 2008. In two seasons in Atlanta, Jackson played in 31 games, starting three, and returned his only interception 95 yards for a touchdown in 2008. He was released by the Falcons during final cuts this season and later spent five weeks in Jacksonville before being waived on Nov. 17.
Moore, 29, was a sixth-round draft choice of the Giants in 2005. After playing in eight games as a rookie, Moore split his second season between the Saints and Rams. He would go on to play the next two seasons with St. Louis, recording one sack in each year. After being released with an injury settlement in Sept. 2009, he spent the last two months of last season, and all of this preseason with the Panthers. At 6-foot-4 and 270 pounds he projects as an outside linebacker in the Patriots’ 3-4 defense, although he has been a 4-3 defensive end for his career thus far.
Moore played most of this season for the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League. Since he was on the Tuskers’ roster for the league’s championship game on Nov. 26, any NFL team wishing to sign him would have to pay a negotiable $150,000 “transfer fee” to the UFL. Several NFL teams have signed such players to their practice squads over the past week, but Moore was not practice squad eligible. Safety Andrew Sendejo was signed by the Cowboys, who promptly elevated Sendejo to their active roster and avoided paying the fee.