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Rams add local product WR T.J. Moe

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- For the second year in a row, the St. Louis Rams have signed an undrafted free-agent wide receiver with local ties.

According to his Twitter account, former University of Missouri receiver T.J. Moe signed a contract with the Rams on Monday afternoon. Moe and Matt Brei, his agent, touted the deal by tweeting it. The team later confirmed the move.

Moe was born in O'Fallon, Missouri, just outside of St. Louis and played his high school football at nearby Fort Zumwalt West before signing with Mizzou. After moving from quarterback to wide receiver for the Tigers, Moe became a reliable slot receiver in Mizzou's offense. He finished his college career with 188 catches for 2,101 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Moe went undrafted last year and was pursued by a few teams as a free agent, including the Rams. But Moe opted to sign with New England. Before he could ever get going with the Patriots, he tore his Achilles during organized team activities. The Patriots released Moe on March 10.

With the Rams, Moe figures to have an uphill climb to make the roster. The Rams have Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey, Chris Givens, Austin Pettis, Kenny Britt and Brian Quick under contract and could add more help through the draft.

Last year, the Rams signed Lindenwood wideout Andrew Helmick, who became something of an early camp favorite among the crowds but did not make it past the initial round of cuts.