People tend to give rookie quarterbacks a lot of slack upon entering the league. It’s not that way for most other positions, however.
You can ask second year safety Rahim Moore that, and he would agree. Moore took a lot of heat from Broncos fans because he started the first five games of the season, but was quickly moved down the depth chart after missing tackles and blowing coverages.
Moore, however, is thankful for the hardships of his rookie year because it was a good learning experience and a great motivator for this off season.
“I think this is one of the only years that I’ve ever went with like no production,” Moore said. “I wanted to play better, but I think I needed that.”
Moore had 31 tackles and an interception in 15 games.
All of the rookies were at a disadvantage last season after coming into the league during a lockout. Moore attributes his off play to being thrown into things too quickly.
“When I came in, I was so much thrown into the fire,” Moore said. “I was antsy, but I would second guess myself sometimes. When the game did slow down for me, it seemed like it didn’t. I thought it did, but it didn’t.”
Moore admits to wearing down as the season wore on. That’s why he worked hard this off season to get stronger.
As for what he does on the field, that part is more mental.
“Just not being so aggressive at all times,” Moore said when asked about how he can be a better tackler. “Not just trying to look for the big hit. I think a lot of times last year, I was trying to knock guys out instead of just being who I am. This year, I’m more relaxed, I’m more calm. I’m not trying to force anything. You’ll definitely see a difference.”
That’s what everyone is hoping for from the second round pick out of UCLA.