FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Elijah Moore spent his bye week watching video, resting his body and trying to figure out ways he can be make more of an impact.
The Jets rookie receiver is not off to the start anyone expected, probably least of all him. Moore has just eight catches for 66 yards and no touchdowns. But he believes that his time will come.
"It’s only a matter of time and I have to think like that," Moore said. "You got to go in just knowing that anything can happen. You got to be ready. That’s the approach that I take."
The Jets drafted Moore in the second round out of Mississippi, and he turned heads almost immediately with his play in the spring and in training camp. Moore showed instant chemistry with fellow rookie Zach Wilson and was consistently beating Jets defensive backs in practice and making spectacular plays.
He looked like someone the Jets could line up anywhere and he would make something explosive happen. That hasn’t happened in games. It’s not just Moore, who missed the three preseason games with a quad injury. The entire Jets’ offense has struggled.
The Jets (1-4) are last in scoring, next to last in total yards and second from the bottom in passing offense.
The coaches used the bye trying to figure out ways to jump start this offense, which could include giving Moore more opportunities. Moore who missed one game with a concussion, has been targeted only 20 times in four games.
"We want to get the ball in his hands more," coach Robert Saleh said. "Of course, we do."
Moore had no catches on two targets when the Jets lost to the Falcons in London on Oct. 10. He said he’s not disappointed or frustrated by how this season has started
"I know it’s all a learning lesson," Moore said. "I know what’s important and that’s winning. It’s not really about me. It’s about winning. That’s really all that matters. If we won every game and I had zero stats it wouldn’t really matter. That’s the ultimate goal for everyone in this building."
At Ole Miss, Moore put up big numbers while doing a little of everything. He lined up mostly in the slot, but he did play outside, and was used on jet sweeps. The Jets were expected to use him in a similar fashion.
But proven, reliable slot receiver Jamison Crowder is getting a majority of the snaps there. Moore is playing on the outside. He said that’s not limiting him.
"I feel like wherever they put me I can get it done," he said. "Inside, outside, it really doesn’t matter. I feel like we’re very close. It’s just about execution. I’m really not worried. Everybody goes through obstacles. Stuff like this happens all the time. My mind’s right, my mind’s clear. I’m just trying to get on the same page with my quarterback and my team so we can win."
Veteran receiver Corey Davis has been looking out for Moore since the Jets drafted him. Davis speaks to Moore frequently, and is impressed by his maturity and how he handles things.
"Elijah has a really good head on his shoulders," Davis said. "Obviously, he wants to do more to help the team. But he understands that it’s going to come. He’s not going to force anything and he’ll just let the game come to him. We definitely need him, and we got to use him."
Moore said he just needs to be more detail oriented and execute better and he will make plays to help the Jets.
"I trust in God. I definitely put in the work," Moore said. "So it’s not nothing that’s ‘Oh my God, when is it going to come?’ I think, ‘When it’s going to come, I’m going to be ready.’ That’s definitely my approach to it."