To continue with the “cleaning out” process that Josh McDaniels introduced during his arrival in 2009, another one of Mike Shanahan’s guys is gone.
To open up today’s press conference, McDaniels said,
“We signed David Veikune, linebacker, and released Jarvis Moss this morning.”
The linebacker was the 17th pick overall in the 2007 draft. Moss came out of Florida with high hopes, but he broke his shin midway through his rookie season. He finished his inaugural year in the NFL with 12 tackles and 1 sack in 6 games.
In 2008, he played in 12 games, and recorded 12 tackles and 2.5 sacks.
2009 saw a lot of reservations for Moss. When Mike Nolan was brought in as Denver’s new defensive coordinator, Moss was moved to outside linebacker. In August of that year, Moss thought about retiring from the game of football, but came back after missing a couple of practices and played in 7 games. He did not record any tackles or sacks. With Elvis Dumervil having a career year, Moss was not utilized very much.
In 9 games this season, Moss has 5 tackles. This was supposed to be his breakout year, but he hasn’t been able to contribute enough for Josh McDaniels to keep around.
It may come down more to finding the right system for Moss rather than for Moss to fit in the system. McDaniels said,
“Jarvis has tried to do everything we’ve asked him to do. I know he wasn’t drafted to play in this system necessarily. He’s been a great kid for us, done everything we’ve asked him to do. It hasn’t been the perfect fit.”
Veikune was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 2009 draft, and played college ball at Hawaii. He played in 10 games for the Browns, but was placed on injured reserve before he was waived.
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