The New England Patriots released a pair of players yesterday in rookie slot receiver T.J. Moe and recently signed offensive lineman Tyronne Green, who received significant snaps as a backup offensive guard for the San Diego Chargers last season. Although Green is a below-average guard, he was expected to have a shot at making the Patriots 53-man roster as a backup guard. Both releases were confirmed by Field Yates of ESPN Boston and first reported by CSNNE’s Tom E. Curran.
Moe was released after tearing his Achilles’ tendon earlier this week, and we learned this following the report of the release. The former Missouri Tigers wide receiver was a steal for the Patriots in undrafted free agency, and he had a chance to make the Patriots 53-man roster this year. It wasn’t a great chance, but it was at least a chance, and I had him as a complete lock for the practice squad. Moe went undrafted due to underwhelming long speed and only average athleticism, but I don’t care that he lacks in those two departments. Moe is a prototypical slot receiver with immense strength, good quickness, and precise route-running ability.
The Patriots will likely bring back Moe next season, and I hope he has a quick and full recovery from the Achilles’ injury. Moe is a very talented young man who is also of high character, and Missouri fans unsurprisingly love him. I hope he ends up succeeding in a Patriots uniform in the near future, because he is exactly the kind of player and person we should root hard for.
Green didn’t have a good chance of making the Pats 53-man roster, so I’m fine with his release.
Moe should clear waivers and is headed for the injured reserve, and I have a feeling he has a very strong chance of making the roster in the 2014 season.
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