If you had been to attend a Jets coaching camp apply with no data of who was who on the sector, no names on the jerseys, no concept which participant is making $15 million a yr and which of them are undrafted guys attempting to make the group, there could be one participant who jumped out at you regardless of how little you knew about soccer.
The query that you’d ask could be, “Who is No. 8?”
That could be Elijah Moore, the Jets’ do-everything rookie large receiver who makes performs every single day in coaching camp and may find yourself being the franchise’s finest draft alternative in years.
Is it untimely to place him in Canton, as Bill Parcells may say? Yes, however it’s exhausting not to consider the chances once you watch Moore make spectacular catches every single day in apply. He catches everything thrown to him. If fellow rookie Zach Wilson places the ball behind him, he adjusts. If it’s out in entrance of him, he lays out to get it.
His capability is clear. You can really feel his velocity as he races by different NFL gamers. His route working is exact and his arms are sticky. It was these traits that made the Jets fall in love through the predraft course of. Jets scout Alonzo Dotson known as Moore’s professional day at Ole Miss among the finest he has ever been to.
But the Jets have realized there may be extra to like about Moore than simply his uncooked expertise. Since he has been with the group, the coaches have liked Moore’s work ethic and the way in which he carries himself. Moore acts extra like a 10-year veteran than a participant who has but to play in an NFL recreation.
“He really wants to get better, he wants all of it,” Jets coach Robert Saleh mentioned. “He wants all the information, he wants everything he can get on the grass. I think that’s more of a testament to the character more than it is his play and what’s being asked of him, because they’re all being asked of the same thing. He’s special, in that regard.”
Moore might be on show on Saturday night time at MetLife Stadium because the Jets conduct their annual Green & White Practice. It would be the first time for a lot of followers to put their eyes on Moore and see what all of the hype is about.
You can wager on he and Wilson connecting for not less than one “wow” second as they get used to their new dwelling workplace.
The Jets drafted Moore with the No. 34 total decide, shocked that he was nonetheless obtainable. They thought-about taking him with their second first-round decide at 23 earlier than buying and selling as much as seize guard Alijah Vera-Tucker. When Moore was obtainable within the second spherical, there was jubilation within the draft room.
Jets normal supervisor Joe Douglas instructed Moore that they had been sweating it out, hoping the Jaguars wouldn’t take him with the primary decide within the second spherical. When Saleh was handed the telephone to speak to Moore, his jubilation poured out of him.
“Elijah, let’s go man,” Saleh screamed as he slapped the desk in entrance of him.
“We were pretty darn excited when he dropped,” Saleh mentioned this week. “He was a serious conversation at 23 if he had gotten there. Obviously, we had moved up to go get Vera-Tucker. If you would’ve said that we would of came away with those three plus Michael Carter in the fourth round, I would’ve asked you what you were smoking.”
The Moore choice might snap a streak of horrible draft decisions at large receiver for the Jets. You have to return to Keyshawn Johnson in 1996 to discover a receiver chosen by the Jets who made a Pro Bowl with the group.
They even have made a behavior of whiffing on receviers within the second spherical. Reggie Rembert, Ryan Yarborough, Alex Van Dyke, Stephen Hill and Devin Smith all failed with the Jets (the jury is out on 2020 second-rounder Denzel Mims).
During their predraft assembly discussing Moore, assistant normal supervisor Rex Hogan mentioned, “I think this kid is the total package for us.”
So far, that has been prophetic.
It’s nonetheless early, however Jets followers deserve some hope and Moore has delivered some early in coaching camp. He now brings the present to East Rutherford for what might be the primary of many exhibits he places on there.