Packers Wideout J'Mon Moore Fighting For His NFL Future

Green Bay Packers' wideout J'Mon Moore has struggled with drops dating back to his college days at Missouri. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

Back in 2006, the Green Bay Packers drafted forgettable wide receiver Cory Rodgers in the fourth round. Rodgers struggled catching the ball, had a miserable first training camp, and was released before he ever suited up in Green Bay.

That’s the last time the Packers invested such early draft capital on a wide receiver, then missed badly.

Second-year man J’Mon Moore is in danger of being remembered much like Rodgers.

Moore, a fourth-round draft pick in 2018, has struggled with drops and the playbook since arriving in Green Bay. Now, midway through his second training camp, Moore knows he’s in the fight of his life to make the Packers’ 53-man roster and prove he wasn’t a draft day bust.

“I feel like a lot of people are frustrated with me, and I’d be frustrated, too, especially me knowing what I can do and what they brought me here for, but I mean it’s God’s plan,” Moore told reporters this week. “It might not be pretty from the start, but I know when it’s all said and done it will be what everybody wanted.

“I’m just trying to take it day by day. I’m trying to grow, and with this process, God’s been teaching me patience and humbling me, and I’m just going to continue to better myself every day.”

He better hurry.

The Packers don’t have any standouts at wide receiver beyond Pro Bowler Davante Adams. But Green Bay is deep at the position, and a case could be made that Jake Kumerow, Geronimo Allison, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Darrius Shepherd, Equanimeous St. Brown, Trevor Davis and Allen Lazard are all ahead of Moore.

Moore may have more athletic gifts than anyone in the group.

He’s 6-foot-3, 205 pounds and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.48 seconds during his pro day at Missouri. Moore has a 38-inch vertical jump, did 21 bench press reps of 225 pounds at the 2018 NFL Combine and produced back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in the Southeastern Conference.

To date, though, that hasn’t translated to NFL success.

“Man, the biggest thing with me, I think, is just relaxing and letting it ride,” Moore said. “Me being me, you know. Sometimes, I just be out there playing, and my mind be somewhere else. I might be a little too anticipating, too antsy.

“I’ve just got to relax and be who I am, you know. They drafted me for a reason, and I’ve got a talent that’s behind that. I’ve just got to bring it out, be consistent, and I’m going to make it work for sure – for a long time.”

Moore was the first of three receivers Green Bay drafted in 2018, but was the least productive of that trio. Moore caught just two passes, played only 75 snaps and never earned the trust of quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Moore struggled with drops, as well as the mental side of the game.

This summer, Moore has been up and down again.

Moore had arguably his finest practice in a Packer uniform Sunday morning. But he’s also had his share of rough days and had a forgettable performance in Green Bay’s preseason opener against Houston.

Moore had a pair of drops against the Texans, including a certain touchdown from backup quarterback Tim Boyle. Moore was also wide open on a crossing route, but slipped and fell and DeShone Kizer’s pass landed incomplete.

Moore later caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from Boyle. Even there, though, Moore bobbled the pass momentarily before securing it.

“The game, a little so-so for him vs. the Texans,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said of Moore.

Moore agreed.

“It was definitely so-so,” he said. “I was a little frustrated when I scored, so it is what it is. But I never questioned the guys playing. So I’m just going to take it day by day, and I’m going to focus in, and I’m going to get better.”

Moore will need to if he hopes to emerge from a receiver group packed with potential.

Kumerow and Shepherd have had sensational camps and are fighting for starting spots. Valdes-Scantling had the sixth-most receiving yards among rookie receivers in 2018.

St. Brown improved dramatically last season and is a terrific blocker. Davis is one of the NFL’s top return men when he’s healthy. And at 6-4 ½, Lazard could be a red zone nightmare.

The Packers believed Moore could turn into a dangerous weapon when they drafted him nearly 16 months ago. But Moore knows he could be running out of time to prove it.

“Self-evaluation is the best evaluation, and I feel like when you can be real with yourself and then go out the following day and remember what you told yourself, that you want to be better, I think that’s how you become better,” Moore said. “I’m always real with myself and I know I’ve got a lot more than what I’m putting on display right now.

“I never question God’s plan. When it rains, it’ll pour. So I’m just going to keep working, keep getting better and when it’s my time, it’ll be my time.”

 

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Green Bay Packers' wideout J'Mon Moore has struggled with drops dating back to his college days at Missouri. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

Back in 2006, the Green Bay Packers drafted forgettable wide receiver Cory Rodgers in the fourth round. Rodgers struggled catching the ball, had a miserable first training camp, and was released before he ever suited up in Green Bay.

That’s the last time the Packers invested such early draft capital on a wide receiver, then missed badly.

Second-year man J’Mon Moore is in danger of being remembered much like Rodgers.

Moore, a fourth-round draft pick in 2018, has struggled with drops and the playbook since arriving in Green Bay. Now, midway through his second training camp, Moore knows he’s in the fight of his life to make the Packers’ 53-man roster and prove he wasn’t a draft day bust.

“I feel like a lot of people are frustrated with me, and I’d be frustrated, too, especially me knowing what I can do and what they brought me here for, but I mean it’s God’s plan,” Moore told reporters this week. “It might not be pretty from the start, but I know when it’s all said and done it will be what everybody wanted.

“I’m just trying to take it day by day. I’m trying to grow, and with this process, God’s been teaching me patience and humbling me, and I’m just going to continue to better myself every day.”

He better hurry.

The Packers don’t have any standouts at wide receiver beyond Pro Bowler Davante Adams. But Green Bay is deep at the position, and a case could be made that Jake Kumerow, Geronimo Allison, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Darrius Shepherd, Equanimeous St. Brown, Trevor Davis and Allen Lazard are all ahead of Moore.

Moore may have more athletic gifts than anyone in the group.

He’s 6-foot-3, 205 pounds and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.48 seconds during his pro day at Missouri. Moore has a 38-inch vertical jump, did 21 bench press reps of 225 pounds at the 2018 NFL Combine and produced back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in the Southeastern Conference.

To date, though, that hasn’t translated to NFL success.

“Man, the biggest thing with me, I think, is just relaxing and letting it ride,” Moore said. “Me being me, you know. Sometimes, I just be out there playing, and my mind be somewhere else. I might be a little too anticipating, too antsy.

“I’ve just got to relax and be who I am, you know. They drafted me for a reason, and I’ve got a talent that’s behind that. I’ve just got to bring it out, be consistent, and I’m going to make it work for sure – for a long time.”

Moore was the first of three receivers Green Bay drafted in 2018, but was the least productive of that trio. Moore caught just two passes, played only 75 snaps and never earned the trust of quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Moore struggled with drops, as well as the mental side of the game.

This summer, Moore has been up and down again.

Moore had arguably his finest practice in a Packer uniform Sunday morning. But he’s also had his share of rough days and had a forgettable performance in Green Bay’s preseason opener against Houston.

Moore had a pair of drops against the Texans, including a certain touchdown from backup quarterback Tim Boyle. Moore was also wide open on a crossing route, but slipped and fell and DeShone Kizer’s pass landed incomplete.

Moore later caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from Boyle. Even there, though, Moore bobbled the pass momentarily before securing it.

“The game, a little so-so for him vs. the Texans,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said of Moore.

Moore agreed.

“It was definitely so-so,” he said. “I was a little frustrated when I scored, so it is what it is. But I never questioned the guys playing. So I’m just going to take it day by day, and I’m going to focus in, and I’m going to get better.”

Moore will need to if he hopes to emerge from a receiver group packed with potential.

Kumerow and Shepherd have had sensational camps and are fighting for starting spots. Valdes-Scantling had the sixth-most receiving yards among rookie receivers in 2018.

St. Brown improved dramatically last season and is a terrific blocker. Davis is one of the NFL’s top return men when he’s healthy. And at 6-4 ½, Lazard could be a red zone nightmare.

The Packers believed Moore could turn into a dangerous weapon when they drafted him nearly 16 months ago. But Moore knows he could be running out of time to prove it.

“Self-evaluation is the best evaluation, and I feel like when you can be real with yourself and then go out the following day and remember what you told yourself, that you want to be better, I think that’s how you become better,” Moore said. “I’m always real with myself and I know I’ve got a lot more than what I’m putting on display right now.

“I never question God’s plan. When it rains, it’ll pour. So I’m just going to keep working, keep getting better and when it’s my time, it’ll be my time.”

 

I have covered the Green Bay Packers for several media outlets since 2001, including the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s “Packer Plus” and currently Bobmcginnfootball.com. ...