Thursday, December 1, 2011
Confident Moore settling into secondary
By Mike Rodak
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- It wasn't that long ago that Patriots safety Sterling Moore was the "new guy" in the Patriots locker room. As a member of the team's practice squad, and with the Patriots' roster continually shifting, each week brought uncertainty. Job security wasn't a luxury the 21-year old could afford.
Now, as the Patriots enter the final month of the regular season, Moore has settled into the defensive backfield, starting the last three games at safety in place of an injured Patrick Chung.
"It's one thing to see the game plan and everything on paper," Moore said. "But once you get out there, it's been a couple of weeks now, so I'm starting to get a little bit more comfortable with that."
On Wednesday, the Patriots added a new face to their secondary in Nate Jones. This time around, it's Moore, a rookie who began the season with the Raiders, showing the ropes to the newcomer.
"He'll come and ask me some questions, and hope I know the answer," Moore said. "A lot of times I have."
When Antwaun Molden left Sunday's game with a concussion, Moore finished the contest playing at his college position, cornerback. Hit by an injury yet again, the secondary didn't miss a beat.
"We have confidence in each other out there," Moore said. "It's all about having confidence and playing confident, because when you play confident, you play fast. That's something we emphasize."