Coming out of Texas A&M, one of the biggest criticisms facing defensive end Damontre Moore, who the New York Giants selected in the third-round of the 2013 NFL Draft, was that he didn't practice as hard as he played. It's something head coach Tom Coughlin was quick to address, and something Moore is well aware of and ready to change.
“I think he meant exactly what he said: That wasn’t one of my strong fortes,” Moore said on Friday. “But I’m here to work and I’m trying to make my weakness my strong point."
Whether he wants to or not, and would it appear as if he does, Moore better be prepared to work tirelessly with the Giants. It's a staple of any Coughlin-coached team, and something that was made abundantly clear to the rookie when he arrived at his locker for the first time to find a note from defensive captain Justin Tuck. It read: “I hope you are ready to work.”
“I was excited that he took time out of his busy schedule to take the time to write me a personal message,” Moore said. “At the same time, I know it’s time to get to work so I’m ready to come in and listen to him.”
That rude awakening was compounded when the rookie met quarterback Eli Manning on Friday, who shared similar sentiments.
"He just said work hard," Moore said of his conversation with Manning. "He said if we need anything that he’ll be here for us. We’re rookies. He wanted to make sure you stay on your toes and you follow the veterans."
So far, Moore has said all the right things. In fact, one of his first statements as a member of the Giants was that he just wanted to keep his "mouth shut and mind open" so that he could soak up as much knowledge and information as possible.
If he's able to do that, and begins practicing as hard as he plays, he can become a very dangerous asset for defensive coordinator Perry Fewell & Co.
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