Damontre Moore carried his impressive training camp into the first preseason game Saturday night, blocking a punt, making four tackles, one for loss, and consistently harrassing Pittsburgh Steelers' quarterbacks during an 18-13 victory by the New York Giants.
Of his blocked punt, Moore said:
"The play was there. My coaches put me in a great situation," Moore said. "I just ran, did what coach told me to do."
Moore, the third-round pick from texas A&M, was a bright spot for a Giants' defensive line that was missing starting defensive ends Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck. The Giants will need a contribution from other defensive ends, and so far Moore looks like he can provide one.
"I'm pretty pleased," Moore said of his overall effort." We'll see when we get in there and watch film how good it was or how bad it was."
Head coach Tom Coughlin was also happy with Moore's play.
"Moore obviously was a problem for Pittsburgh from a pass rush standpoint," Coughlin said. "He keeps coming and he likes it and he had a punt block, which was nice."
The Giants drafted Moore hoping he would eventually join the organization's legion of great defensive ends. It is way too early to say that will happen, but the 20-year-old is off to a good start.