Giants defensive end Damontre Moore, the team’s third round draft pick this year, has wasted very little time in drawing attention to himself as a terrorizing figure who devours opposing offensive linemen who stand between him and the quarterback.
But despite the success he’s had in these early days of training camp, the man who bears the moniker “DaMonster” thinks that he hasn’t even begun to scratch the surface of his potential.
“I’m pleased, but I try not to focus on it,” Moore said today. “I go out there and do it, and then right after that, learn from it, and then right after that, put it out of my mind, and then go out there and do it again.”
So far the rookie’s development has pleased defensive line coach, Robert Nunn, who wasn’t stingy with the praise for the rookie out of Texas A&M.
“He gives us a lot of versatility and can do some different things for us,” Nunn said. “We’ve got to see what happens when the pads come on.”
Nunn was so optimistic about Moore’s performance so farm, which yesterday included at least two sacks coming against third-string offensive lineman Chris DeGeare, not to mention a couple of quarterback pressures, that he believes Moore might just be able to contribute a lot sooner than originally anticipated.
“I really see him contributing as a rookie. He’s got some growing up to do. He’s got to help us on special teams. He’s got to contribute on special teams when he’s called to do so. But he’s off to a good start.”
Moore credits his fellow defensive line teammates for helping him quickly adapt to the pro game and the Giants defensive playbook, noting that everyone in the room has been more than willing to offer advice, which he has soaked up like a sponge.
“Honestly, just my room helps me balance that out,” he said. “We have the right group of guys in here so they give us the information. At the same time, they’re constantly turning things into a joke and just trying to keep things relaxed, so I would probably say that’s the biggest asset.”
If Moore is content with the positive feedback he’s been getting, he’s done a good job of not letting it affect his ego. “I just go in there and just listen. I don’t really listen to the good things they tell me; I listen to the mistakes that they tell me so I can try to fix my game and get better each and every day.”
Instead, he’s trying to take advantage of this final day of practice before the pads go on to refine his technique.
“I feel like you can make a lot more progress without the pads then because you’re not as focused on hitting; you’re more focused on technique and knowing your assignment and getting that down. Then once the pads go on, then the rest of that stuff comes along. So I feel like you can get a lot done without the pads, honestly.”
Eventually, Moore said he’d like to add additional tricks to arsenal of pass rushing moves so he can become a more complete defensive end. “I want to be well-rounded and try to add a lot of things to my arsenal so that way I won’t be a one-trick pony,” he said, adding that he has heard people label him as a one-trick” pony. “I’m just going out there and trying to prove people wrong.”
And one of the things he’s looking to add to his arsenal is a run stopping ability.
“I feel like I’m, all right, but there’s always room for improvement,” he said of his play against the run. “I have to work on it just like anything else in my game. This is a whole different level of competition. The competition in this league is bigger, faster and stronger, so at the same time, I have to get bigger, faster and stronger and just improve my game and be well-rounded.”
And speaking of competition, Moore is hoping that the coaches will consider letting him try his new techniques and tricks against the team’s better offensive linemen at some point soon.
“Yes sir, more so than ever,” he said when asked if he was looking forward to facing the starters. “Like I said, just going out there and trying to work and where ever they put me, I’m just trying to go out there and do my job.:”
Moore smiled when told of Nunn’s comments about him potentially contributing as a rookie.
“It makes me happy, but at the same time, I try not to get caught up in it,” he said of the support. “At the end of the day, I’m just trying to go out there and help the team the best way I can. If that’s making contribution or being given a starting offensive group, then I’m just going out there and trying to do my job to the best of my abilities.