Jets rookie Elijah Moore making an impact early in camp: 'He’s doing a really nice job'

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Jets WR Elijah Moore at OTAs June 2021
Jets WR Elijah Moore at OTAs June 2021

While most eyes at Jets training camp have been on Zach Wilson’s first couple days of practice, another rookie has also been gaining some attention.

Second-round pick Elijah Moore figures to be a piece the Jets move all around the offense to get him in space, and he’s made some eyebrow-raising plays early in camp, including an 80-yard touchdown from Wilson on Saturday morning.

Looking at video of the play, Wilson ran play-action, stepped up in the pocket, and heaved one to a wide-open Moore, who made a couple of jukes to get into the end zone.

Jets head coach Robert Saleh was asked about Moore after practice, and while he said the rookie still has plenty to learn, he’s excited for what he can bring to the offense.

“He’s doing a really nice job,” Saleh said. “Pads, obviously, are going to go on, where those DBs can grab a hold of you a little bit better, but at the same time, there are a lot of things he needs to get better at and a lot of little nuances of the game that he’s learning every single day. He had a couple yesterday that were great teachable moments, he’s going to have a couple today.

“What’s exciting about Elijah is his mindset. We’ve talked about it, he absolutely loves football, and when you love football, you’re going to do everything you can to protect it. We’re just excited to work with him and fortunate to have him.”

Moore made another big play on Friday, grabbing a 40-ish yard throw while adjusting his route to make the acrobatic catch.

The Ole Miss product is the second receiver taken by the Jets in the second round in as many years, joining Denzel Mims. The Baylor product was limited to nine games as a rookie due to a hamstring injury, but he and Moore could provide some explosiveness to the Jets offense, and Saleh is making sure all the receivers are getting as many reps as possible.

“He’s working on some things,” Saleh said oh Mims. “Obviously, he missed part of OTAs with an illness, but him coming back and working into the group, all of those receivers are part of a rotation. So you see guys, ones, twos, and threes, and if I look at the rep count, it’s darn near even all the way across the board, to give all those guys the same opportunities and the looks and to be able to put them in positions where we know they’re going to get the ball based on the play. So, there’s a lot of things that happen scripting-wise to give those guys a chance to highlight, threw them a couple of fade balls, and giving them a chance to get into a groove.

“[Mims is] s a very talented young man, and it’s going to piece together for him. We just have to keep working with him.”

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