Friday, December 6, 2013
Giants' Moore getting another chance
By Matt Ehalt
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Playing a season-high 17 defensive snaps in Sunday's win against Washington brought Damontre Moore back to his childhood days.
"Felt great. It's like riding a bike, you never forget how to do it," Moore said. "It was just one of those things, getting on the bike, and once I got back on it, it was a little wobbly at first but once you get riding you're like 'oh man, I never forgot how to do this.'"
Moore will be back on the bike again this Sunday against San Diego as Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said the Giants will try to increase his snaps. Moore has a big opportunity to showcase what he can do with Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder) sidelined for a second straight game.
"Honestly just go out there and play as hard as I can and everything else will take care of itself," Moore said. "It's worked so far. We'll see what happens when we get out there."
Despite posting prolific pass rushing numbers at Texas A&M, Moore has barely been used this year. He's played just 51 snaps on defense according to Football Outsiders, which is six percent of the total snaps. He's been used primarily on special teams, where he's had success, including two blocked punts.
Sunday against Washington, with Pierre-Paul sidelined, Moore received his first chance at extended playing time as he played double-digit snaps for the first time all season. In his previous six games, he had played just 16 snaps. Moore didn't register a tackle, and Fewell said there was "some good, some bad" with his play. The Giants primarily used him in pass-rushing situations.
Damontre Moore's blocked punt was a huge play in the Giants' win over the Raiders.
"Everybody told me it was all right. There's always room for improvement. Honestly, I didn't look at how many I got," Moore said. "I went in there and tried to see what I was doing wrong and if I could fix it. Try to get better each and every day."
Coming out of college, Moore was known for his pass rushing prowess, as he registered 26.5 sacks in 38 games with the Aggies. Moore believes he's further along as a pass-rusher at this point in his career, but is willing to do whatever the coaches need him to do, whether that be as a run stopper or as a strict pass-rusher.
"He's a complete football player," Fewell said Thursday. "He's got to be able to play the run and the pass. So we'll use him as both."
Moore has yet to record a sack this season, but that doesn't weigh on him much. He came close to getting one against Washington, and acknowledged it made him hungrier to get one, but he knows there's plenty of value in just getting pressure or disturbing the quarterback.
If he's able to get his first one Sunday, Moore has a celebration ready.
"I got a couple ideas," Moore said with a laugh. "We'll see what happens. Only time will tell."