Karen Guregian catches up with DE Eric Moore, picked up from the UFL in December, and wonders whether the help with the Patriots pass rush has been on the roster all along.
[Moore] started three games, notched two sacks, forced two fumbles and had 14 tackles before a hamstring injury kept him out of the postseason.
"You have to understand, coach Belichick is a mastermind at football and putting guys in the right positions (to succeed)," said Moore, when reached yesterday in Atlanta. "Trust me, where there’s a will, there’s a way, and he’ll find it. He’ll find a way of making players better. So I have to give it up to him. Hopefully, I’m one of those guys he looks forward to working with in the future."
"I think [Moore's] career speaks for itself. He’s been a productive player. He was a productive player at Carolina. He came in here at the end of the season and was able to contribute," Belichick said. "I don’t think that’s the easiest thing to do. A player has got to have some things going for him to be able to do that. But again, it would be nice to work with him through an entire season, whether it’s minicamp, training camp, whatever it happens to be to really give him an opportunity — or Danny Woodhead or players like that who weren’t with us an entire season — and see if that is helpful to their performance and their production."
"I was looking forward to coming back, and starting off on the right foot, and have them look at me through the OTAs, and all that," Moore said. "But I’m still going to give them what I got, the best that I have. I’m going to go out and do what I need to do, so I can set myself up and play for coach Belichick to the best of my ability."
Karen Guregian reports Marcus Cannon says he's "feeling great" after undergoing more cancer treatment.
"I just had a treatment in the last two days. I’m up moving around and having fun," he said. "We don’t really have a set time, how many treatments I do, but it’s looking better and better every time I go in. The actual lump that was seen in the combine has totally disappeared, so going through a couple more treatments, we’ll see what the doctor says, hopefully it comes out to the best."
Karen Guregian reports Jarrad Page was offered a RFA tender with a second-round compensation level by the Patriots, but it's uncertain what will happen under the new rules.
"Well, I mean, as a player, it always feels good to be wanted. You get to a place and your whole goal is to work hard first and whatever you can do to contribute, if you get the opportunity, take advantage of that. So when a team shows they want you, that’s really good. But as far as that point, even at this point now, we have no clue what’s going to happen. So, it’s hard to really think too far ahead, as this might happen or that might happen because we have no clue. We don’t even know what the rules will be for next season. We don’t know when next season will be . . .
"But like I said, I enjoyed my time there, really enjoyed playing for Bill (Belichick), and I really enjoyed my teammates and just the atmosphere. Guys coming to work and going about their business on the field and being a good group of guys where we were friends in the locker room and everything, everything was good. It was good to have a team want me back and we’ll just see how things work out."
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