Thankfully, the New England Patriots didn’t lose undrafted rookie wide receiver T.J. Moe to waivers, even though it would have been extremely unlikely for a team to sign a guy who recently tore his Achilles’ tendon. Moe was recently released by the Patriots after suffering the injury, which has been termed as a “freak” injury. The Patriots gave Moe $30,000 in bonus money, which was the most amount of money given to an undrafted free agent by the team.
Moe did not clear waivers, and the Patriots were able to place him on the injured reserve yesterday. Even though it is awful to think that Moe suffered a severe injury early on in his career, the one bright spot is the fact that he will have a year to “redshirt” and better learn the ropes of the complex Patriots offense.
Coming out of college, Moe was a standout for the Missouri Tigers and a fan favorite there. Moe worked hard, was a leader, and he has all the intangibles. Although his long speed is poor and his athleticism is merely average, Moe works hard, runs precise routes, has good hands, and is a very quick player. Thus, he has all the tools to be a good starting slot receiver in this league, and Moe has a good chance of making the Patriots roster in 2014.
It was a little bit surprising to see that Moe did not end up getting drafted, but I’m glad to see that he is in New England and will be staying on the Pats. The Patriots seem to have big plans for Moe, as they gave him that significant signing bonus, and he certainly has the ability to make an impact down the road.
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