Though rookie wide receiver Elijah Moore’s stats haven’t lived up to the promise he showed in preseason, Robert Saleh said Monday that not only will he continue to get his chances, but that there was a prevalent belief that he’ll soon turn his season around.
Moore has seen plenty of playing time but only has eight catches for 66 yards in 20 targets (he did miss a game with a concussion). Saleh, though, pointed to his game in London against the Falcons and their brutal secondary, where he did draw a 41-yard pass interference call.
"We’re going to get our best players on the field and Elijah obviously is one of them," Saleh said. "He’s been affecting the game. He had – statistically, for example, in London, it wasn’t in his favor, but he did draw that big 45-yard explosive or 40-yard explosive on a PI. His speed is felt on the football field. Obviously, he missed a game – really a game and a half if you count what he missed in Denver, but he’s coming along. He’s going to continue to get opportunities. We’ve just got to find creative ways to get him on the football field and get him in position to go make a play."
After playing his first game in nearly a year while dealing with a foot injury, safety Ashtyn Davis said he’s making progress and feels he’ll be up to speed soon.
"It was tough, but I just needed reps," he said. "I still need reps but I’m getting there. I’m starting to feel a lot more comfortable with each rep. I took every mental rep that I could when I wasn’t playing but obviously it’s different…I’m getting a lot more comfortable and so happy to be back out there."
S Marcus Maye (ankle) and LB Jarrad Davis (ankle) are making progress and could be back this weekend against the Patriots, Saleh said. Maye’s agent, Erik Burkhardt, implied in a tweet that Maye would seek out a trade when he was healthy again . . . OT Mekhi Becton (knee) is still weeks away from a return but is progressing well, Saleh said.