The 2013 season did not quite go as New York Giants defensive end Damontre Moore expected. He suffered an injury prior to the start of the regular season and it prevented him from getting the practice he needed, ultimately limiting his playing time early in the year. Even after returning to health, Moore was relegated to the Special Teams unit the tail end of what was already a lost season.
But Moore never let his early struggles get to him. Rather, he embraced his Special Teams role and exploded onto the scene with some key blocked punts.
Still, job security was a bit of an issue heading into the offseason, and following the departure of defensive captain Justin Tuck, many thought the Giants would go out and sign a top-end defensive end. But, despite the addition of Robert Ayers, the team appeared relatively confident with the group they had — something Moore is content with, although he would have welcomed additional competition as well.
"I look at it like, I'm never one of those guys that say 'I gotta do me,' " Moore said on Friday during a charity event for Second Chance Toys foundation. "I just want to put the team in the best position to win. And honestly, I like competition. It either brings out the best in you or it crumbles you."
For Moore, crumbling is not an option. Whether the Giants had drafted/signed a defensive end or not, the youngster was prepared to work hard, earn his respect and win a job. Even without a slew of new defensive end competition, he still feels eager to prove his worth.
"Me being the type of person that I am, I love true competition. So if we had drafted a d-end high, it wouldn't be nothing but motivation for me to work harder," Moore added. "Once the draft came and went, a few people talked to me about the Giants having confidence in me. Yes, I'm happy they have confidence in me, but at the end of the day, I know they'll bring in the best person to help us win."
Moore believes there's no need to seek any additional motivation. He's living his dream; he's playing in the NFL with the New York Football Giants. And, for now, that's all he needs — he'll do whatever the team asks of him, he'll do it to the very best of his ability and he feels that will, eventually, lead to more opportunities.
"I just want to go out there – and if that's me starting, or whatever, that's great – and do my job. If that's on special teams, that's great, too. At the end of the day, my opportunity will come to me," he said.
It's rare that young players "get it," but Moore gets it.
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