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Patriots add to the defensive line

Posted by Monique Walker, Globe Staff  December 3, 2010 12:10 PM

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FOXBOROUGH -- The Patriots have added a little depth to its defensive line today by signing defensive lineman Eric Moore.

To make room for Moore, the Patriots released linebacker Pierre Woods. Moore has played four seasons in the NFL (2005-2008) but was playing in the UFL with the Florida Tuskers when the Patriots called.

"I'm very excited right now for the opportunity," Moore said. "I have the chance to come out and help this team."

Moore, who is 6-foot-4 and 268 pounds, said he plays defensive end. His NFL experience includes stops with the New York Giants (2005), New Orleans Saints (2006) and St. Louis Rams (2006-2008). He also was on the practice squad with the Carolina Panthers last season. He entered the 2010 preseason with the Panthers but was waived on Sept. 4.

Moore said he had plenty of reps in the UFL and said he will be prepared for the Patriots.

"I"m just trying to learn the plays and get out there and help out in any way I can right now," he said.

Moore played at Florida State and was a sixth-round draft pick by the Giants in 2005. He is originally from Florida and in high school played in an all-star game with Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork.

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