- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Patriots have yet to officially announce their rookie free agent class, but one player confirmed to have agreed to terms with the club is Missouri receiver T.J.Moe.
When Moe’s name was brought up to a scout earlier on Tuesday, the response was along these lines: “He’s a little bit of that Welker-type. He fits what the Patriots do.”
That type of comparison – from a style-of-play perspective more so than production – makes Moe one of the Patriots’ more intriguing rookie free-agent signings. Doing a little background work on Moe, here are some of the things that were learned:
1. He has a bigger physical build than Welker and Danny Amendola at 5-foot-11 1/2 and 204 pounds.
2. He was projected as a later-round pick, but one of the reasons he might have slipped through the draft was a slow time in the 40-yard dash (4.69).
3. Moe was electrifying in other tests, such as the 3-cone drill (6.53), which helps measure change of direction skills. He also had 26 repetitions on the bench press, tops among receivers.
4. He was a team captain and has an outgoing personality.
5. Scored very well on the Wonderlic test, which depending on one’s viewpoint, could be an indicator that he will be able to pick up a complex offense.
6. At his Missouri Pro Day, Patriots director of college scouting Jon Robinson took an active role in running drills and thus got a very close look at Moe.
7. Knowing how much the Patriots value the slot receiver role, Moe naturally had an interest in playing for the Patriots. The Patriots’ aggressive sales pitch after the draft probably didn’t hurt either, as they were one of about six teams pursuing him. Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio was apparently persuasive in making a strong case as to why the Patriots wanted Moe.
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