You’re forgiven if you had forgotten that Avery Moss is still a member of the New York Giants. Moss had a quiet rookie season and we didn’t hear a peep from the 2017 fifth-round pick last year as he spent the entire 2018 season on the practice squad.
He is still plugging away, however, trying to show that he can add something to the Giants’ 2019 defense. Let’s take a closer look at Moss as we continue profiling the 90 players the Giants will bring to training camp.
How he got here
A fifth-round pick out of Youngstown State, Moss flashed a bit of potential in 2017. He started two games and played 248 defensive snaps, ending up with 14 tackles and five quarterback hits.
He showed up to the offseason program dealing with a lingering injury, though, and never practiced for the Giants’ new coaching staff in the spring. He couldn’t make up for that lost time, and the lost chance to make an impression, and landed on the practice squad. He stayed there all season.
The Giants are looking for athletic edge rushers, and in Moss it is still possible that the could have one right in front of them waiting for an opportunity. Of course, now that he is healthy Moss needs to do something in training camp and the preseason to make the Giants’ coaching staff take notice.
Back as far as the spring of his rookie season it was apparent that Moss had the athleticism to play both as a hand-in-the-dirt defensive end as well as standing up on the edge. That makes Moss a good fit for the 3-4 system the Giants currently use.
The Giants have Markus Golden, Lorenzo Carter, Kareem Martin and third-round pick Oshane Ximines as edge players. Can Moss join that group, or perhaps convince the Giants to part with the veteran Martin?
We’ll find out this summer as Moss gets what should be a full opportunity to show the Giants he belongs.