Saturday, August 23, 2014
Damontre Moore wreaks havoc vs. Jets
By Kieran Darcy
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Damontre Moore continues to prove worthy of his nickname, in the preseason anyway.
"Damonster" racked up two more sacks, another tackle for loss and a fumble recovery in the Giants' 35-24 win over the Jets on Friday night.
Moore also had a sack in the Hall of Fame Game against the Bills, and one against the Colts last weekend. And, he says, he can get even better.
"I still feel like I’ve got a lot more gears to hit," Moore said. "It’s only the fourth game of the preseason."
Moore's first sack came on the first play from scrimmage of the second half -- he chased the speedy Michael Vick out of bounds on the lefthand sideline for a 1-yard loss.
The very next play, the Jets botched a handoff in the backfield and Moore recovered the ball.
On the Jets' next possession, Moore helped take down running back Chris Johnson behind the line of scrimmage for a two-yard loss.
And on the following possession, Moore came flying behind the line to tackle third-string QB Matt Simms for a 10-yard loss on 3rd-and-4.
Moore was playing with the Giants' second-team defense, but those first two plays came against the Jets' first-string offense, other than Vick.
"It’s not about going against the first team, second team, third team, fourth team for all I care," Moore said. "It’s about just learning, and if my name was called, to be ready to go out there and set that tempo, and whoever my opponent is, to humiliate them in the worst way possible."
For the second preseason in a row, the 2013 third-round draft pick out of Texas A&M looks like a potential star.
That being said, neither Pierre-Paul nor Kiwanuka has a sack in four preseason games. In fact, none of the Giants' four starting defensive linemen have one.
Moore now has four, and feels he's earned a chance with the first string.
"In my opinion, yeah, I feel like I [have]," Moore said. "But at the end of the day, coaches have a plan, they have a reason for everything, everything that they’ve said so far, it hasn’t steered me wrong. So obviously they have some other thought processes, and I’m not gonna doubt them.
"It is what it is, they tell me what to do. And they haven’t steered me wrong. So when that time comes, that time will come, and I’ll be ready, and my job is to make sure that I’m ready to step up to the challenge."
We'll see if "Damonster" strikes again on Thursday against the Patriots.