The New England Patriots waived former Missouri Tigers star wide receiver T.J. Moe, who was arguably the biggest steal for the Patriots in undrafted free agency this offseason. Moe was an excellent slot receiver at Mizzou with great quickness, incredible strength, precise route-running, and high character. However, Moe’s lack of long speed and only average athleticism caused him to fall out of the draft, where he was an easy scoop for the Patriots. Yesterday, though, the Pats waived the wideout, and the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe later reported that Moe tore his Achilles’ earlier this week.
Moe has the upside to be a really good slot receiver in the NFL, and he had an outside shot at making the 53-man roster this season. I have a feeling the Patriots will save him for next year, when Moe has a good chance of making the roster and becoming a factor at the wide receiver position.
I have always lauded T.J. Moe on this site, and I will continue to do so due to his skill-set as a potential difference-maker in the slot. He has all the tools to be a good slot receiver in this league, and I hope he has a quick and full recovery from this Achilles’ tear. It is awful to think that a rookie already suffered a severe injury, so hopefully Moe can quickly put it past him. I hope he ends up staying with the Patriots organization and can show his stuff next season.
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