The Patriots shook up the back end of their roster Tuesday, waiving defensive backs Rashad Baker and Eddie Jackson. The team also signed free-agent nose tackle Rashad Moore, who was with the team in training camp.
Prior to the moves, the Patriots were deep with 11 defensive backs on the roster, but had just five defensive linemen.
The addition of Moore, who is more of a pure nose tackle and projects to back up Vince Wilfork, adds help up front after the team lost backup nose Mike Wright to a season-ending foot injury last week. The 6-foot-3, 325-pound Moore was with the Patriots in training camp but has not hooked on with a team this season.
Second-year player Le Kevin Smith was the Patriots' backup nose tackle in Sunday's win over the Jets, although the Patriots might be more comfortable with him at end in the 3-4 alignment, thus leading to the decision to bring in Moore.
Baker, a reserve safety, played in eight games and made his primary contributions on special teams. A cornerback, Jackson opened the year on the physically unable to perform list as he was recovering from a torn ACL and returned to play in three games, mostly on special teams.