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Damontre Moore continues to show signs of progress

Second-year defensive end Damontre Moore played well Saturday vs. Pittsburgh.

Damontre Moore pressures Landry Jones into an incompletion Saturday night
Damontre Moore pressures Landry Jones into an incompletion Saturday night

Damontre Moore continued to show progress from his rookie season on Saturday, coming away with four tackles, one for loss, and a quarterback pressure during Saturday's 20-16 preseason victory by the New York Giants over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Moore, drafted in the third round by the Giants a season ago, played 24 snaps on defense Saturday. He had a quarterback and four tackles. Three of those four tackles were solos, one was for a one-yard loss and all four were within four yards of the line of scrimmage.

"It's not about being happy or satisfied with what I did now. It's only preseason and none of this stuff counts," Moore said after the game. "My most important thing is going in there and proving to coach that I've done everything he said to do, I'm leaving it all out on the field and I'm trying to put my team in the best situation. Be that hard-working guy and build up his trust."

Moore now has six tackles, a sack and two pressures in two preseason games.

"The most important thing is ‘what are you doing extra' like putting in that extra work and working with the coaches and talking to older guys that have been there," Moore said. "That's what's helping me transition and be more noticeable out there on the field."

The Giants selected Moore hoping he would develop into the organization's next top-flight defensive end. His rookie season may have been disappointing, but through the first two preseason games of 2014 Moore is showing signs he might be on his way to becoming the player the Giants had hoped for.