With Jason Pierre-Paul unavailable to the defense for the time being, the New York Giants are looking for several young players to step into the void and fulfill their potential. Perhaps most of all they are looking to third year defensive end Damontre Moore to make that leap and take his game to the next level.
Talking to reporters on Saturday Moore specifically mentioned holding up in run defense as one area of greatest improvement for him.
"You know, I've had time, experience, and I've gotten bigger, faster, and stronger," he said. "I'm also more comfortable with the schematic side of things, and I think that also plays a part in me playing the run a little bit better."
Moore admitted that it is difficult for a defensive lineman to show improvement in run defense until a live game situation.
"You never know what's going to happen when you go into that game [experience]. But I think it starts with just, you know, building up that trust in training camp. Playing solid against the run in practice, and going when we practice against Cincinnati, and we play them, and all throughout the preseason. It's not going to be a one day thing, it's going to be a constant struggle of providing that trust, and instilling it in the coaches that they can have that faith in me to go out there and hold up against the run."
Moore also mentioned that he had been putting in extra study time to prepare for camp after missing tine earlier in the offseason program as he finished his degree and healed from surgery to clean out his shoulder. Moore also commented that as the elder statesmen of the defensive line, Cullen Jenkins and Robert Ayers were calling extra meetings to help the defensive line as a whole get a greater understanding of, and more comfort in, the new scheme.
But on that scheme, could Moore pinpoint any one facet that he preferred over Perry Fewell's defense?
"Honestly, it's too early to tell [what he especially likes about this scheme] because you haven't played against [anybody]. You can always say you like something now, and then, you know, it might not work. But I would say that it's not necessarily a scheme thing. I would say that it's more of a coaching thing. I like the high energy, you know a switch of pace. If the scheme part isn't going right, but you have that energy from your coach it kinda trickles down onto the players. So as long as we have energy, he's (Spagnuolo) has told us 'As long as you play with energy and relentlessness, plays will happen.'"