New England Patriots: Practice Squad

Robertson signed to practice squad

January, 1, 2013
The Patriots on Tuesday announced the signing of defensive tackle Tracy Robertson to their practice squad.

Robertson is an undrafted rookie from Baylor who originally signed with the Houston Texans following April's draft. He spent training camp with the Detroit Lions but was released at the end of the preseason.

The 6-foot-4, 280-pounder started 27 of 44 games played while at Baylor, recording 44 tackles and 7.5 sacks.

The Patriots had two open practice squad spots after promoting cornerback Malcolm Williams and receiver Kamar Aiken to their 53-man roster last Saturday.

Patriots practice squad
FB James Develin
WR Jeremy Ebert
OL Colin Miller
DT Marcus Forston
DT Tracy Robertson
LB Jeff Tarpinian
S Cyhl Quarles

Patriots bring a Raider back from Oakland

October, 5, 2011

Otto Greule/Getty ImagesSterling Moore in action for the Raiders during the preseason.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- It might be no coincidence that, just a few days after the Patriots returned from Oakland, former Raiders cornerback Sterling Moore was added to the team's practice squad on Wednesday.

Moore, an undrafted free agent out of SMU, earned high praise after a strong preseason in which he registered five tackles, a sack, and a team-high three passes defended for the Raiders. He landed on Oakland's practice squad at the start of the season, but was waived late last month.

With the Patriots banged-up in the secondary, you can't help but wonder if Moore left an impression on the team's personnel department while reviewing preseason game film in advance of Sunday's win over the Raiders. Regardless, Moore was in the Patriots' locker room on Wednesday and excited for the opportunity, particularly given the injury situation that could thrust any practice squad member into an immediate active role.

"That’s why I always try to stay ready and prepare like I’m playing this week," said Moore. "You’re always one injury away from being pulled up, so I'm preparing like I’m going to play, and making my reps count. When I do get that chance, I’ll be prepared."

The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Moore sported an interesting pair of peg-like earrings and joked he wanted a little something different. Having spent most of his life on the west coast (he grew up in Northern California), he laughed about not knowing many guys in the Patriots locker room and admitted he's getting ready to acclimate to life on the east coast.

Cornerbacks Leigh Bodden and Ras-I Dowling missed last week's game in Oakland, leaving the team thin at that position. In releasing Josh Victorian to clear a roster spot, Moore is the only pure corner on the team's practice squad.