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Patriots sign Marty Moore, Fill practice squad

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             FOXBORO, Mass.—The New England Patriots announced that they have re-signed linebacker Marty Moore, who was released by the team on Sunday, Sept. 2 when the team reduced its roster to 53. In addition, the team also announced the signings of five practice squad players; offensive linemen Tom Ashworth and Drew Inzer, wide receiver Curtis Jackson, linebacker Matt Chatham and defensive end David Nugent. Inzer, Jackson, Chatham and Nugent were each waived by the Patriots when the team reduced their roster to 53 players on Sept. 2.  

Moore, 30, has played in 109 games, including 19 starts during his eight-year NFL career. He has accumulated 173 defensive tackles (119 solos), as well as 110 special teams tackles. He recorded career-highs with 98 tackles (67 solos) while with the Cleveland Browns during the 2000 season. He was also credited with a single-game career-high of 14 tackles at Pittsburgh (10/22/00). The 6-foot-1-inch, 245-pound linebacker was originally drafted by the Patriots in the seventh round (222nd overall) of the 1994 NFL draft and played in 93 games over his six-year Patriots career. After a season in Cleveland, he re-signed with the Patriots on Aug. 28, 2001.

Ashworth, 23, was originally signed by the San Francisco 49ers as a rookie free agent out of Colorado. The 6-foot-6-inch, 295-pound offensive tackle played two seasons at tight end for the Buffaloes before making the transition to offensive tackle as a junior. He started every game as a senior and graded as the top offensive lineman. He played in three games for the 49ers before being waived on Aug. 27, 2001.

Chatham, 24, joined the Patriots on Aug. 28, 2000 when he was claimed off waivers from the St. Louis Rams. He opened the 2000 regular season on the Patriots active roster and appeared in six games before being placed on injured reserve on Nov. 22, 2000. The 6-foot-4-inch, 250-pound linebacker played in each of the Patriots preseason games and finished ninth on the team with seven tackles.

Inzer, 21, was signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent on April 27, 2001. The 6-foot-4-inch, 305-pound guard played at Boston University before transferring to Brown in 1998. He earned All-Ivy honors and was voted team captain as a senior in 2000. He played in each of the Patriots four preseason games before being released on Sept. 2.

Jackson, 26, was signed by the Patriots of the St. Louis Rams practice squad on Nov. 15, 2000. He played in five games, starting two at wide receiver, as a rookie. He also returned 13 kickoffs for 323 yards (24.8 avg.). He originally signed with the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted rookie free agent on April 17, 2000. The 5-foot-10-inch, 194-pound wide receiver was waived during the preseason and re-signed to the Rams practice squad. This year, he played in each of the Patriots preseason games and recorded nine receptions for 115 yards. He also had three kick returns and eight punt returns.

Nugent, 23, was drafted by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL draft (201st overall). The 6-foot-4-inch, 295-pound defensive end from Purdue played in six games for the Patriots as a rookie and recorded one defensive stop. He played in all four preseason contests and recorded one tackle and one pass defensed.

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