News of the Patriots' signing of Nick Moore came via the wide receiver's Twitter page:
"Its OFFICIAL..I'm a Patriot! Thanks for all the prayers an' support everyone!!!"
Moore, who played his college ball at the University of Toledo, has Patriots fans praying for more than that. They are likely on their knees hoping for a playoff miracle following the loss of the league's top pass receiver, Wes Welker.
Moore, who was recently cut from the practice squad of the Minnesota Vikings, tweeted the news last night after he was signed to the Patriots' practice squad, a move necessitated by the injury to Welker.
Subsequent tweets by Moore included updates on his number ("Hey everybody. I'll be wearing #17...should be a good look on my long body lol"), how he was feeling after his workout ("Super long day today. Now laying down for som [sic] much needed rest...early practice in the am, Gotta show em what I'm made of!") and his preparation for his first day of practice (Up early for my first day of practice...lets gooo").
Hopefully with all that tweeting going on, Moore will have something left in the tank should he see time against the Baltimore Ravens this weekend.
Welker, who was injured on the fourth play of the Patriots' final game against the Houston Texans, suffered a torn ACL and MCL and will be lost for at least the Patriots' 2010 playoff run. Welker led the NFL with 123 receptions and was named to the Pro Bowl. He, of course, will be replaced on that roster, as well.
At Toledo, Moore was a two-time All-MAC receiver, leading the Rockets with 78 receptions in 2008. His college career highlight occurred vs. Michigan on Oct. 11, 2008, when he caught 20 balls in a 13-10 upset of the Wolverines.
Moore, who is 6'4" and 193 pounds, finished his career with 182 catches, good enough for fourth on the Rockets' all-time list.
His brother, Lance, is a wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints. Lance, listed at 5'9" and 190 pounds, also played for the University of Toledo and is the Rockets' all-time leading receiver. He is built much more like Welker, who is listed at 5'9" and 185 pounds.
It is unclear whether Moore will be in uniform for this Sunday's first-round playoff game against the Ravens or if his signing is more of a precautionary measure. Patriots receiver Julian Edelman is expected to fill Welker's role as the slot receiver in the team's offense scheme.