There is no question that rookie defensive end Damontre Moore had a strong training camp and was potentially looking at increased snaps.
However, a shoulder contusion has now cost him two weeks of valuable practice time that cannot be made up.
Therefore, it would not be surprising if that lost time puts a damper on the team’s early-season expectations for the rookie, who, by his own admission after his dynamic performance in the preseason opener, has a few things to work on.
“Watching film, I’d say containing the edge and not just being so one track minded, really focusing on my assignment and not just looking at the ball,” Moore said two days after his wildly successful NFL debut.
In the past, some veteran players have opined that they can get by without training camp practices given their knowledge of the offense or defense.
However, that logic rarely, if ever, applies to a rookie, and it is not something head coach Tom Coughlin agrees with.
“Any player that misses practice is missing the opportunity to experience things and instinctively react to things,” Coughlin said via conference call the day after his team lost 20-12 to the Colts.
“That’s what you worry about with any player who misses time and misses practices because you don’t get the opportunity through repetitions to learn in a multiplicity of things that can happen on any given play.”
With that in mind, the question is: How much will the missed practice time affect what the coaches have planned for Moore?
That remains to be seen, obviously, and while there is no question that Moore is going to be a viable contributor in this defense, it will be on him to try to catch up on whatever he has missed.