By: Derek Havens
On Tuesday the New England Patriots signed former Alabama linebacker Jerrell Harris to the practice squad, filling the last vacant spot.
The eight-man unit has been a revolving door the past couple of weeks and the team seems to be making a multitude of roster moves between PUP activations, trades as well as week-to-week injury insurance.
Here’s a look at the practice squad as it stands now:
FB James Develin
WR Jarred Fayson
DL Marcus Forston
OL Matt Kopa
CB Sterling Moore
WR Greg Salas
OL Jeremiah Warren
LB Jerrell Harris
Marcus Forston was a darkhorse to make the 53-man roster in pre-season and flashed several times during training camp. The 23-year-old out of Miami could very easily find himself on the roster in 2013 if he continues to progress.
Sterling Moore, from playoff hero to practice squad player in a matter of months. Truth is, as well as Moore played in the playoffs last season, he has struggled mightily thus far and needed to waived. Luckily for the coaching staff, he was not claimed and the team brought him back. He provides decent depth for a secondary that has had many issues in the past few seasons.
Greg Salas is an intriguing player. The 24-year-old was acquired by New England in a trade with St. Louis on Sept. 1 in exchange for an undisclosed future draft choice. He was drafted by the Rams in the fifth-round of the 2011 draft out of Hawaii. He could certainly be in the mix at wide receiver next season.
Jerrell Harris, 23, started five games last season for Alabama, playing alongside Patriots first-round draft choice Dont’a Hightower. While Harris was undrafted, he has spent time with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons so far this season.
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