Report: Patriots Recently Worked Out Veteran Safety William Moore


May 18, 2016

The New England Patriots proved last season they can never have enough safeties.

The Patriots worked out former Atlanta Falcons safety William Moore recently, a source told NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. Moore, 31, has spent his entire seven-year career with the Falcons since being selected in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft out of Missouri.

The 6-foot, 221-pound free agent was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2012. He notched 51 tackles with four passes defended, two interceptions and one forced fumble in 11 starts last season. He finished the 2015 season on injured reserve with an ankle injury and was released in February.

The Patriots, who at one point during the 2015 season had 10 safeties split between their active roster and practice squad, have just eight players at the position on their 90-man roster: Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung, Duron Harmon, Jordan Richards, Nate Ebner, Brock Vereen, Cedric Thompson and Brandon King. Ebner, who’s primarily a special-teamer, currently is on a leave from the Patriots to play on the U.S. national rugby union team.

Thumbnail photo via Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports Images

Thumbnail photo via Sep 3, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons strong safety William Moore (25) in action against the Baltimore Ravens in the first quarter at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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