January 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots tight end Michael Hoomanawanui (47) against the Denver Broncos in the 2013 AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots News: Michael Hoomanawanui Re-Signed, T.J. Moe Released

Nov 10, 2012; Knoxville, TN, USA; Missouri Tigers wide receiver T.J. Moe (28) celebrates defeating the Tennessee Volunteers 51-48 in quadruple overtime at Neyland Stadium. Missouri defeated Tennessee . Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots made a few roster moves today, highlighted by the signing of Michael Hoomanawanui, and the release of T.J. Moe. Hooman signed a two year deal, which isn’t flashy, but it definitely was a solid move.

The Pats have virtually no depth at the tight end position, and even though Hoomanawanui won’t light up the stat sheet, he is a solid blocker, and one of the best backup tight ends in the league. Hopefully Rob Gronkowski recovers from his knee injury fairly quickly, but if not, Hooman will be able to hold down the fort (at least in the blocking game) until Gronk gets back.

Moe getting released was a little more surprising. Like most Pats fans, I thought he had a lot of potential, and if his rehab went according to plan (from an Achilles injury), he might have been a bit contributor to the New England offense in 2014. But Bill Belichick must have seen something we didn’t, because he was one of seven Patriots released today.

Defensive lineman Cory Grissom, linebacker Taylor Reed, running back Quentin Hines, Sam McGuffie, and offensive lineman Brice Schwab and Elvis Fisher were the other six players cut by New England.


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