Pass rusher Damontre Moore signed a two-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys this week, joining a fifth team in four seasons. Moore was originally drafted in the third round of the 2013 draft by the New York Giants.
For many people, this isn’t exactly news. Over the course of his career, Moore registered 77 tackles, 10 sacks, three forced fumbles and blocked a pair of punts for good measure. He played his best as a situational rusher for New York, when they had talented players such as Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul surrounding him.
However, Moore said something intriguing in his introductory interview with Dallas’ official website that may give Cowboys fans a reason to believe:
“Do whatever I can to contribute to the team – as far as on defense, special teams or wherever they need me at,” Moore said. “Just coming in, closed mouth, open ears and just ready to play.”
For Moore, keeping his mouth closed was an issue for him in his short tenure with the Giants, as his fight with former teammate, Cullen Jenkins, resulted in his dismissal from the team. But those who followed Moore in the past also understand that he was one of the most desirable draft prospects once upon a time. In his first mock draft in 2013, ESPN draft expect Mel Kiper predicted Moore to go No. 2 overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars, showing how highly Moore was thought of at this point in time.
A disappointing combine performance contributed to Moore’s downfall, and up-and-down play in the NFL didn’t help his stock either. While concerns surrounding Moore’s character are justified, Conor Orr of NFL.com said he “saw a player who was immature but seemingly good natured.” If Moore can get his act together at the age of 24, he may wind up living up to his potential.
The Cowboys might be Moore’s last shot in the league, as Dallas is desperate for effective pass rushers and Moore was desperate for yet another chance to be on an NFL roster. Owner Jerry Jones hasn’t been shy about his desire to add pass rushers to his team, and Moore has enough raw talent to provide some help in that department.