Meet the new guy … defensive back Sterling Moore
|10.05.11 at 2:23 pm ET|
FOXBORO — It was a strange week for cornerback Sterling Moore: He was a member of the Raiders’ practice squad until he was cut loose last Monday, and last weekend, as Oakland was preparing to face the Patriots, New England gave him a call.
‘Since they were flying out (to Oakland), they actually worked me out out there,’ Moore said Wednesday morning in the Patriots locker room. ‘And then I got the call Saturday that they actually wanted to sign me to the practice squad, and flew out here that night. I’ve been here ever since.
‘My Mom, she went from rooting for the Raiders one day to rooting for the Patriots the next day. I was sitting and watching with her [on Sunday]. She was screaming for the Patriots. So yeah, it was a little weird.’
The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Moore is a rookie out of SMU who was signed by Oakland to its practice squad out of training camp but was bumped late last month in favor of safety Ron Parker. After getting the call from the Patriots over the weekend, he became the second defensive back on New England’s practice squad, joining safety Ross Ventrone. By all accounts, he’s a burner who opened some eyes in his time in the Bay Area.
‘He competes. He’s tough. He’s not afraid,’ Raiders coach Hue Jackson said of Moore during training camp. ‘He hasn’t played a ton, but he’s a guy I think that we have to give a chance and see what he can do.’
Moore said he’s had a chance to get into the Patriots’ playbook, and he said there are some similarities there to what he did as a collegian at Southern Methodist.
‘It is similar — I’ve gotten into it a little bit,’ he said. ‘It is similar to what I did in college. It’s not too similar to what I did in Oakland, because we run a lot of man there, but it’s very similar to the same things I did at SMU, just different terminology.’
With the New England secondary thin, he said he’s anticipating practicing like he’s going to get the call sooner rather than later.
‘You pretty much have to prepare as if you’re playing that week, because if you don’t, you’ll never be ready,’ he said. ‘I just try to prepare every week like I’m playing that week. I might not get as many reps as everybody else, but I just try to make the reps that I got count.
‘That’s why I always try and stay ready and prepare like I’m playing this week, because you know you’re always one injury away from getting pulled up. Just prepare like I’m going to play and make my reps count, so when I get that chance, I’ll be prepared.’
To make room for Moore, the Patriots released cornerback Josh Victorian.