The New England Patriots have signed cornerback Sterling Moore to the practice squad after waiving him on Wednesday. Moore would have lost his practice squad eligibility had the Patriots kept him on the roster for longer without releasing him, and the Pats decided to take the risk by dropping him.
The decision to release Moore and pick up veteran Derrick Martin for DB and special teams depth was the first hint of a trade for a high-caliber defensive back. That would end up being CB Aqib Talib, and the Pats likely got rid of Moore (their worst CB) in order to clear up starting room for Talib but to also keep Moore on the practice squad as insurance.
So far this season, the playmaking but easily burned CB has recorded 13 tackles and forced one fumble in significant time in the slot. Moore has not enjoyed a successful year, and the 22-year-old 2011 UDFA out of SMU has been demoted. It’s good to see that he is still a member of the Patriots, and he has made key plays for this team in his early career (his forced fumble in the AFC Championship was the best of them). However, there is no way he should be starting, and Moore is in the proper role at this point.
He joins DT Marcus Forston, FB James Develin, and WR Greg Salas as significant names on the practice squad.
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