Damontre Moore is all about shedding labels these days.
The rookie defensive end is trying to get away from the stickers others have placed on him. One is that he’s just a pass-rusher.
“I want to be well-rounded and try to add a lot of things to my arsenal that way I won’t be a one-trick pony,” he said. “That’s all I’ve been labeled as. I’m just trying to go out there and prove a lot of people wrong.”
The second label is that he’s not a high-intensity player in practice. In that regard, too, he has focused himself on correcting his reputation.
“He’s one that you have to tell to slow down, you don’t ever have to tell him to speed up,” defensive line coach Robert Nunn said.
So far Moore has been playing on the second unit, but the Giants seem to have big plans for him.
“I think he’s going to give us a lot of versatility, do some different things for us, and I really see him contributing as a rookie,” Nunn said. “He’s got some growing up to do, he’s got to contribute on special teams when he’s called to do so, but the guy is off to an outstanding start.”
He may not be a well-rounded player by the time the season starts, but if he can come in for a series or two each game and rattle some quarterbacks, the Giants will be thrilled. Even if that’s his only trick, if he’s really good at it the Giants will take it.
Moore said he wants more, though.
“You have to have that one good trick up your sleeve, that ace in the hole,” he said of his pass-rushing ability. “I’ll try to keep that and just improve every day.”