iNovember 17, 2012; Columbia, MO, USA; The Missouri Tigers captains Missouri Tigers linebacker Zaviar Gooden (25) and Missouri Tigers offensive linesman Elvis Fisher (72) and Missouri Tigers linebacker Will Ebner (32) and Missouri Tigers wide receiver T.J. Moe (28) walk to midfield for the coin toss prior to the kickoff against the Syracuse Orange at Faurot Field. Mandatory Credit: Dak Dillon-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Rams Sign Former Mizzou Receiver, T.J. Moe


 

Rejoice! We are only a handful of days away from the start of the 2014 NFL Draft. While Jeff Fisher and Les Snead have undoubtedly been locked away in the Rams War Room finalizing their board and “selling” their No.2 pick to inquiring GMs, St. Louis did make some non-Draft related news yesterday.

The former Mizzou Tiger was a hometown hero in his college playing days, and had, reportedly, caught the eye of the St. Louis Rams last year when he tossed his name into the hat for the NFL Draft. After going undrafted, Moe signed with the New England Patriots; but, would be released after tearing his Achilles. Now, he will be sporting the golden horns in St. Louis; at least for this offseason.

In reality, the Rams are already packed to the brim with young talent in the wide receiving corps. Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey are coming off their rookie season, Brian Quick and Chris Givens will be entering their junior year, and the two “veteran” receivers, Kenny Britt and Austin Pettis, are both 25 years old, or younger. Tack in Justin Veltung, a late-addition special teams player, and the Rams already have seven receivers on the depth chart. However, as St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist, Jim Thomas, quoted in this morning,

“I asked [special teams coach, John Fassel] if he’d mind if I just put a sleeping bag in his office,” Moe joked. “I like him a lot. He’s a really good guy; I think a really good coach.” -T.J. Moe

If Moe were to make the final roster, it would undoubtedly be in a special teams capacity. His extensive experience as a returner as Missouri and his offseason workouts with Chase Reynolds, one of the Rams current special teams aces, could certainly help him in that department. With limited depth on the offensive line and Jeff Fisher’s habit of signing several undrafted free agents to the offseason roster, the battle to make the final 53-man roster will certainly be a difficult road. For now though, we can all celebrate the return of former-Tiger back to his home state.

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