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Marquis Flowers, Sterling Moore, Sealver Siliga among ex-Patriots taken in XFL draft

Marquis Flowers, Sterling Moore, Sealver Siliga among ex-Patriots taken in XFL draft

Former Patriots linebacker Marquis Flowers, ex-Pats Sterling Moore, a cornerback, and Sealver Siliga, a defensive tackle, were among the players with New England ties selected in the XFL draft.

The spring football league that played one season in 2001 is being rebooted and will begin play in February with eight teams. Its two-day draft concluded Wednesday.

Players were picked in five phases of the draft in the following order: skill position, offensive line, defensive front seven and defensive backs. An open portion concluded the draft.

Flowers, 27, who played for the Patriots in 2017, was selected with the Dallas Renegades' second pick of the open portion.

Siliga, 29, a Patriot from 2012-15, also went to Dallas with their second pick of the front seven phase.

Moore, 29, known for stripping the ball from Baltimore Ravens receiver Lee Evans in the end zone and denying what would've been a winning touchdown catch in the Pats' 2011 AFC Championship Game victory, was picked by the Seattle Dragons in the defensive back phase.

Other notable ex-Patriots, defensive end Kony Ealy, acquired in a trade by New England in 2017 but cut that summer in training camp, was the first pick of the Houston Roughnecks in the open phase. Running back Ralph Webb, an undrafted free agent who had a strong preseason opener in 2018 before being cut, was the first pick of the Tampa Bay Vipers in the open phase and linebacker Scooby Wright, who played for the Patriots this past preseason and was cut from their practice squad Oct. 1, was chosen by the DC Defenders in the front-seven phase. 

Former Boston College running back Andre Williams was selected by Houston in the skill position phase.

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Patriots release DE Gerri Green from the practice squad, expected to sign LB Scooby Wright III

Patriots release DE Gerri Green from the practice squad, expected to sign LB Scooby Wright III

The New England Patriots are making a minor tweak to their practice squad on Friday.

According to ESPN's Mike Reiss, the Patriots are moving on from defensive end Gerri Green, who the team had signed to the practice squad following his release from the Indianapolis Colts during final cuts for NFL teams. To replace him, the team is apparently targeting Scooby Wright III.

Green (6-4, 252 pounds) was a sixth-round pick out of Mississippi State who recorded 8.5 sacks and 18 tackles for loss in his final two years at the school. He showed off his athletic upside at the NFL Combine, clocking a 4.63-second time in the 40-yard dash while also recording 24 bench press reps. The Patriots were likely trying to tap into that and that's why they targeted him after cuts.

Green's likely replacement, Wright, played in the NFL from 2016-17 after going undrafted out of Arizona. Wright had 15 sacks and 100 tackles as a sophomore in 2014 before a variety of injuries derailed his career. He never caught on at the NFL level and spent time with the Arizona Hotshots in the short-lived AAF before joining the Patriots during the 2019 offseason.

The Patriots will hope that Wright can regain some of the magic that he had in college as a hybrid linebacker who can rush the passer.

Wright will join Calvin Munson and Terez Hall as the other linebackers on the Patriots' 10-man practice squad. 

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