New England Patriots sign Mike Rivera and Derrick Martin

Yesterday, the New England Patriots signed defensive back Derrick Martin to replace CB Sterling Moore in what was an interesting move made by the Patriots. The Pats also continued their recent linebacker shuffling by re-signing Mike Rivera, who was spotted in the locker room about a week ago and rumors swirled that he was on his way back. Well, he is now after the Pats dropped Bobby Carpenter just a few days ago.

The signing of Martin is interesting, because it represents a downgrade at DB. While Moore is a subpar player and has played very poorly this season, Martin doesn’t seem to be any better. He will receive some playing time on special teams, but that’s hardly much consolation. The only thing I can think of is that Bill Belichick is really impressed by Marquice Cole after his showing (two PDs, left game in 4th with an injury) on Sunday against the St. Louis Rams and wants to replace Moore with Cole. That would make sense, because Cole can be a quality coverage CB. Moore is a playmaking CB, which isn’t what the Pats need personnel-wise at this point.

But that’s my only justification at this point, and it does make sense.

Rivera will also receive some time on special teams, as he filled out that role for the Pats earlier this season before being cut. It was a bit of a surprise to see him make the 53-man roster initially over other LB/ST players, and we’ll see how much he plays on special teams for the Patriots going forward.

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