If you’ve seen the Jets in training this summer, you’ve had a clear impression of what will happen after the start of a normal season: Elijah Moore wanted to become one of the brightest young stars in the NFL, and he wanted to. quickly.
If Moore, the 21-year-old Jets’ 34th pick from Ole Miss in April, wasn’t the best player on the Jets field, he would have finished second after Carl Lawson’s defense. , who spent the summer devastating until he broke his Achilles tendon during a joint exercise at Green Bay.
The 5-foot 10, 178-pound Moore resembles one of the steals of the steppe.
Every pass thrown at Moore seemed to be caught; you’ve rarely seen a ball thrown next to him hit the ground.
Then, on the transition from Moore Camp to the real season, a funny thing happened: he disappeared.
Moore has eight assists for 63 yards in four games, losing 26-0 in Acesparks in Week 3, missing out on a single win for the Jets.
The NFL happened.
Just like Jets quarterback Zach Wilson, Moore is struggling to be a player trying to keep up with the NFL talent around him.
Moore scored one assist for a 3-yard defeat in his NFL debut, losing points to the Panthers this season. In London on Sunday, he was targeted twice against the Falcons and failed to reach the pass.
“Same thing [as with Wilson] “There’s a transition period that Elijah has to go through,” Jets head coach Robert Saleh said Monday. “When you start slowly [in games], you will be left behind [and] You are limited in games.
It’s as if Wilson didn’t try to bring the ball to Moore. Moore has been targeted 20 times. Only Corey Davis (36) and Braxton Berrios (23) have passed more passes this season.
The Jets want to get the ball to Moore in any way they can and they need it because of his mobility and great playing ability.
Perhaps part of Moore’s struggle has to do with the fact that he was used more from the outside than from his well-educated college slot. The thing is, Jamison Crowder is one of the best mobile receivers in the league, and that’s where the Berrios get most of their representation.
So maybe Moore will play from the outside.
Salih says it’s a good debate whether Moore will play inside or not, but you have Jamison Crowder, an experienced veteran. [and] You have the Berrios, an experienced veteran … With E. Moore, you are trying to bring your best players to the football field.
If we talk about the “best players” on the field, the mysterious and intriguing dynamics are playing in the second season, after being formed in the second round of 2020, in the second season with Denzel Mims on the Jets receiver.
Much has been written about how little the Jets used the Mims, who were inactive in weeks 2 and 3 and have only been targeted four times this season. Still, when he played, he averaged three passes with a 24-yard average of 73 yards, raising the question of why he wasn’t often targeted.
The Jets struggled with Mexhi Becton, who was injured and didn’t go to London, and in the first half of Sunday’s game, many of the Jets fans said, “STOP THE MIMS !!!!”
“Denzel did a good job,” Mims said Monday against the Falcon and Saleh with three falcons from 33 yards, and “he stepped in to get a few more chances to move forward.”
When Salih was asked on Monday if he felt the need to “fix” the situation with Mim, he replied, “I know the relationship needs to be fixed in the sense that it is good. We love Mim. He a child of great character and he is working his tail.
Something is missing here, and neither Moore, who failed to prove his brilliant play in the summer, nor Mims, who failed to convince the coaches, needs more goals.
I hope all the participants, especially Wilson – hopefully Saleh and his staff will figure out how to solve these problems on October 24 in New England, a week before the Jets ’next game, where life won’t be easy. struggling, young team.