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Damontre Moore Cut by Giants: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistDecember 11, 2015

Dec 21, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Giants defensive end Damontre Moore (98) is escorted off the field after being ejected from the game against the St. Louis Rams during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants cut third-year defensive end Damontre Moore for a violation of team rules Friday, according to ESPN's Dan Graziano. Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo confirmed the news and tweeted "indications are there was a recent incident that led to the release of NYG DE Damontre Moore, but it was also an accumulation of incidents."

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Moore got into a fight with Cullen Jenkins over not getting a pair of Beats by Dre headphones like the rest of the team. 

"We made the move today in the interest of both parties,” Giants general manager Jerry Reese said, according to Michael Eisen of the team's official website.

On Sunday, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported, per Garafolo, that Moore "has been fighting his teammates since Day 1 of training camp."

Glazer also reported, per Garafolo, Moore yelled at head coach Tom Coughlin and Reese.

A former third-round pick out of Texas A&M, Moore earned a reputation as being a relentless pass-rusher throughout the 2015 season. Earlier in the year, he was flagged for roughing the passer in three consecutive games. 

After Moore was slapped with a roughing penalty in the Giants' 27-7 Week 6 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Coughlin proceeded to make the 23-year-old inactive for New York's next game against the Dallas Cowboys. 

Moore discussed his biggest on-field issue in mid-November and noted he wasn't intent on changing his aggressive style of play despite the repetitive penalties. 

"If you've got that reputation, there's nothing you can do," he said, per Graziano. "I just have to keep learning and doing my best and hope it changes. ... I'm not going to slow up, or I'll get my ass fired. My job is to hit the quarterback."

Prior to his release, Moore totaled three sacks and 23 tackles through 11 games. Last season, he notched a career-high 5.5 sacks and 32 tackles. 

Robert Ayers and Jason Pierre-Paul have seen the bulk of the snaps at right defensive end in recent weeks, so Moore's ouster shouldn't shake up the depth chart much over the season's final four games. 

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