New England Patriots: T.J. Moe

Patriots inform WR T.J. Moe of release

March, 10, 2014
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The New England Patriots have informed first-year receiver T.J. Moe of his release, Moe's agent Matt Brei said Monday.

The move comes as a mild surprise because the Patriots guaranteed Moe $30,000 last year as part of a three-year contract, which was the highest guaranteed figure among the team's undrafted players. Moe had offers and interest from six other teams, according to Brei.

Given Moe's production at Missouri, and the Patriots' success with shifty slot receivers, Moe was viewed as a potential dark horse to make an impact. But he tore his Achilles in offseason camps last May and ultimately landed on season-ending injured reserve.

In making the move to release Moe, Brei said the Patriots told him they were simply moving in another direction, but considered the door open for a return in the future depending on how things unfold.

Offensive linemen shine in drills

February, 22, 2014
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INDIANAPOLIS -- The on-field work has begun here in Indianapolis, with the offensive linemen, tight ends and specialists all taking center stage at Lucas Oil stadium.

Perhaps the headline event at the combine is the 40-yard dash, as evidenced by Adidas offering $100,000 to the fastest player wearing their adizero 5-star cleat.

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The offensive linemen have wowed so far today, with top prospects such as Greg Robinson of Auburn and Taylor Lewan of Michigan posting sub-4.9-second times.

Truth be told, the 40 time of offensive linemen isn’t high on teams’ scouting checklist; rather, they often focus more on their 10-yard splits to measure explosiveness.

From a New England Patriots' perspective, one of the drills the team values is the three-cone drill, which, among other things, measures short-area burst and change-of-direction skill.

It’s a drill the team particularly values in assessing defensive backs and slot receivers.

Logan Ryan, the team’s third selection in last year’s draft, finished second among defensive backs at the combine with a time of 6.69 seconds. Wide receiver Josh Boyce was third among wide receivers with a time of 6.68, and undrafted rookie T.J. Moe had the second best time among all participants at 6.53.

The wide receivers work out on Sunday, and defensive backs work out Tuesday. Though all the drills are weighed and considered in the evaluation process, the three-cone is something to keep an eye on from a Patriots' perspective.

Report: Moe injured Achilles

May, 31, 2013
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More information regarding the Patriots' decision to waive rookie wide receiver T.J. Moe with the injury designation has surfaced, as a report from Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post indicates that Moe tore his Achilles.

Matter reported that Moe will undergo surgery to repair the injury next week in Columbia, Missouri.

Moe was present and healthy for the Patriots' media-accessible OTA on Wednesday, leading one to believe that the injury may have occurred during Thursday's on-field session, which was closed to the media.

He received the most guaranteed money among the Patriots' undrafted rookie free agents this offseason ($30,000).

After being waived/injured, Moe is subject to the league's waiver wire. If he clears waivers, he will revert to injured reserved and remain with the Patriots. The Patriots had another undrafted free agent, tight end Brad Herman, suffer the same fate last offseason with a ruptured Achilles.

Though it is uncommon for another team to claim a player on waivers with the injury designation, it does happen on occasion. The Patriots claimed tight end Jake Ballard off of waivers after he was waived/injured by the Giants last offseason.

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