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The New England Patriots will have a new look on offense this season without their go-to receiver across the middle in Wes Welker, who's over with Peyton Manning and Denver Broncos right now.
The Patriots picked up wide receivers Danny Amendola, Donald Jones and Michael Jenkins in free agency, then went ahead and drafted Aaron Dobson of Marshall (2nd round) and Texas Christian's Josh Boyce (4th round).
The Patriots are obviously trying to improve their receiving core as a whole and this is where TJ Moe might just fit in pretty well. There isn't one skill or trait that separates Moe from a lot of other receivers that were available in this draft. He's not overly big, fast, quick or strong, but he is a solid combination of all of those things and he's tough across the middle, which is a very hard thing to quantify in numbers. NFL.com thinks Moe is primarily a slot receiver in the NFL.
Moe is a tough, gritty wide receiver. He's built to play the slot receiver position, due to his compact build, toughness, and physicality. While he will likely never be a standout player, it's tough to imagine that he won't fight himself onto a roster.
During his senior year, Moe's slip in production had as much to do with the offense deviating from a system that made Moe a standout as a sophomore. Current Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert helped get Moe more than 1,000 yards receiving on 92 receptions back in 2010 at Missouri. Current Missouri quarterback James Franklin isn't the natural passer that Gabbert showed to be during his time in college. He's more of a runner and that affected Moe's production in the receiving game. But that didn't stop Moe from improving other aspects of his game.
"I became a lot better blocker. I'm a lot better receiver today than I was in 2010 as a sophomore," Moe said. "I had a lot of catches, but it was really sloppy routes and I just made plays. I just didn't get the opportunities I had back then. It's a little give and take."
Moe is in a perfect spot to make an immediate impact as a rookie with his skills and abilities. While he wasn't drafted and doesn't come in with the same fanfare that draftees Dobson and Boyce possess, once they start practice it's about making plays and contributing. That's where Moe will surpass expectations and make a spot for himself on the Patriots roster.