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New England Patriots Links 7/23/11 - The No News Isn't Good News Edition

Jeff Howe points to edge rusher Eric Moore who just might be the Patriots' most mysterious man as they head into Training Camp.

Why He'll Make the Team
The Patriots don't have any pass-rushing extraordinaires, and Moore might have the ability to continue contributing in that department. In four regular-season games last season, the situational edge rusher tallied 13 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one pass defense, and he had at least one sack, forced fumble or recovery in each contest. He attributed that to his stint with the UFL's Florida Tuskers, who gave him ample playing time and a chance to find himself on the field. Moore could really benefit now with an opportunity to run through the Patriots' training camp.

Why He Might Not Make the Team
Moore was on the street in December for a reason. Before linking up with New England, the 2005 fifth-round pick from Florida State totaled 18 tackles, no sacks, no forced fumbles, no fumble recoveries and one pass defense in his previous stops with the Giants, Saints, Rams and Panthers. Sure, Moore found it in December, but the concern would be that it was an aberration.

Bottom Line
It does sound like there's some optimism about Moore coming from the Patriots' camp. Realistically, he could continue progressing as a situational player on passing downs. He'll just have to prove that he can endure the rigors of training camp, where Bill Belichick pushes players to get a complete understanding of their makeup, so much more so than any string of practices in December and January.