Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Friday afternoon and previewed the Patriots-Jets matchup. King said he only recently decided that the Patriots can win the game, based on one player's performance in last week's win over the Lions.

 

FOXBORO -- For second straight day, CB Jonathan Wilhite, and defensive linemen Myron Pryor and Mike Wright were the only three missing from Patriots practice as the team worked out in sweats and shells on the main stadium field. 

 

Wilhite has missed the last two games with a hip injury. Pryor suffered a back injury against Cleveland and has been inactive for the three games since Nov. 7. Wright missed the Thanksgiving Day game in Detroit after injuring his neck and suffering a concussion against Indianapolis on Nov. 21. 

 

The Patriots announced Friday they have signed defensive end/outside linebacker Eric Moore and released outside linebacker Pierre Woods.

Here's part of the announcement that was issued by the team on the move:

Moore, 6-4, 268 pounds, is a veteran of four NFL seasons with the New York Giants (2005), New Orleans Saints (2006) and St. Louis Rams (2006-08). He spent the last seven games of the 2009 season on the Carolina practice squad and went to training camp with the Panthers in 2010 but was waived on Sept. 4.

Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo joined the Dale & Holley show Friday morning, and he said he believes the extra time off from playing on Thanksgiving will help his team in Monday night's contest against the Jets. "Having those extra days off to prepare for a great team, we're getting more comfortable in the game plan, we're confident in the game plan," Mayo said. "I think we'll play fast on Monday night."

 

Patriots running back Fred Taylor joined the Dale & Holley show Friday morning and pronounced himself ready to go on Monday night vs. the Jets, although he said the final decision is up to the team.

 

ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about Monday's showdown between the Patriots and Jets. "There's a good reason that everybody is fired up about this game," he said. "It's going to be tremendous. … This may be the highest-rated sporting event in cable TV history."

 

The Patriots have claimed running back Thomas Clayton on waivers for a second go-round in New England, according to ESPN. Clayton, who was with the Patriots in the preseason and for the first two months of the 2010 season before he was cut, is a 5-foot-11, 225-pounder who was drafted by San Francisco in the sixth round of the 2007 draft out of Kansas State. He's played for the 49ers, Patriots and Browns, and had zero rushing yards in two games with Cleveland this season before he was waived by the Browns on Wednesday.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes met with the media following practice on Thursday and was asked about the Patriots secondary, specifically rookie Devin McCourty.

 

"If I could really speak my mind I would," said Holmes. "But off the strength of me being a professional I'll just say that I don't worry about those guys. We have to worry about what we do here; I don't care who they line up on the other side of the ball. It's our job to get the job done."

 

The Patriots worked out linebacker Alex Hall, defensive back Chevis Jackson and defensive end Eric Moore Thursday, according to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network. The 25-year-old Hall is a 6-foot-5, 250-pounder out of St. Augustine who spent the last two years with Cleveland, finishing the 2008 season with 26 tackles. Jackson, 24, is a 5-foot-11, 193-pound cornerback who went to LSU and has played for both Atlanta and Jacksonville. His best season was 2008 when he had a pair of interceptions for the Falcons.

FOXBORO — The Jets had just one player — offensive lineman Damien Woody — miss practice on Thursday. Here's a look at the full injury report:

Did Not Participate in Practice
T Damien Woody (knee)

Limited Participation in Practice
CB Marquice Cole (hamstring)
WR Jerricho Cotchery (groin)
DE Shaun Ellis (knee)
CB Dwight Lowery (concussion)

Full Participation in Practice
CB Drew Coleman (groin)
LB David Harris (calf)