What are fair expectations for Elijah Moore?

Will Parkinson offers his thoughts on Elijah Moore.

The hype train is humming over at One Jets Drive over the Jets second round pick Elijah Moore. The rookie wideout from Ole Miss who lead college football in yards per game last season has impressed in OTAs and minicamps thus far and the excitement from the coaching staff and fan base is skyrocketing. The question I, and many others, keep getting asked is “what are realistic expectations?” or “what is Elijah Moore’s ceiling?” The 5’9″, 178 lb. speedster is hoping to take the NFL and his Jets career by storm.

There have been many comparisons to Elijah Moore’s game and size from players like Steve Smith, Santana Moss and Tyreek Hill to guys like Antonio Brown and current Jet Jamison Crowder. While it is lofty praise for the 21 year old to be compared to Antonio Brown, who is arguably the best wideout over the past decade in the NFL, draft analyst Ryan Roberts said on the TOJ Pod that he would be wary of doing so: “…wow, that is some comparison and am a bit wary of something like that.” While Roberts didn’t feel great about the comparison, he did mention Moore’s elite ability to get open and create space saying that Moore is “…one of the best manipulators of space in this year’s draft.” While Moore’s style is like Brown’s, Moore has also reminded a lot of scouts and fans of Steve Smith and Santana Moss for their game breaking speed and ability in tight space but being incredible tough slot receivers with minimal drops. Moore has reps from the X and Z position as well but will function mostly out of the slot in this west coast Shanahan scheme for gang green. For the Jets’ sake, if Moore turns out to be any of the aforementioned players at pick at 34, he will be a homerun pick and building block for the future. 

Rookie wideouts have had the ability to come into the NFL right away over the past 2 years and make instant impacts, especially guys who possess an elite trait. Big bodied late 1st and 2nd round receivers like D.K. Metcalf, Terry McLaurin, Chase Claypool, Tee Higgins, AJ Brown and Brandon Aiyuk have all seen success because of their size, speed and ball skills early in their career. For guys like Justin Jefferson and Deebo Samuel who have used their elite quickness and route running to make massive impacts out of a primary slot position early in their careers. Jefferson and Samuel offer a great platform for a guy like Moore who posses those qualities and will be in a very similar scheme to the ones ran in Minnesota and San Francisco. 

Long term what kind of career is he projected to have? If you look at where he can get to as his NFL ceiling it becomes a bit more challenging. NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah has mentioned Moore as “an outstanding route runner” and a “natural hands catcher,” which bodes well for Moore becoming one of the top slot wideouts in the NFL and someone who projects to be a heavy-target option going forward. In today’s NFL you don’t have to be the traditional big bodied X wideout to be a team’s #1 guy, and it is realistic to think Moore will be that guy over the next 5-7 years. He is a guy who will be talked about down the line as an 80 catch, 1200-yard, 8-10 touchdown a year player who is always in contention to be pro bowl level player. It’s something the Jets have been looking for since the days of Keyshawn and Coles, and Joe Douglas hopes this is the Jets cornerstone offensive weapon of the future.

UDFA Profile: Tristen Hoge

Joe Belic breaks down Tristen Hoge.

The selection of Alijah Vera-Tucker in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft filled a big hole up front, and the offensive line appears better equipped for the season ahead. However, right guard is still up for grabs, and a training camp face-off for the unclaimed spot will continue to be a big story.

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TOJ Pod ft. DJ Bien-Aime

Will Parkinson interviews DJ Bien-Aime of the New York Daily News.

On this episode of the Turn on the Jets podcast, Will Parkinson speaks with DJ Bien-Aime of the New York Daily News as they discuss:

– Offseason impressions
– Zach Wilson in person
– Record expectations
– Rookie sleepers to watch
– And so much more!

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TOJ Pod ft. Mike Renner

Will Parkinson chats with Mike Renner of PFF on this episode of TOJ Pod.

On this episode of the Turn on the Jets podcast, Will Parkinson is joined by Mike Renner of Pro Football Focus as they discuss:

• Jets draft grades
• AVT Trade
• UDFA’s to Watch
• Which teams hit or missed in the Draft
• Reality TV Star

And so much more!!

UDFA Spotlight: Hamilcar Rashed

Dan Essien profiles UDFA EDGE Hamilcar Rashed Jr. from Oregon State.

The Jets signed EDGE Hamilcar Rashed in undrafted free agency following the 2021 NFL Draft. Rashed joins a completely revamped position group under new head coach Robert Saleh, as the Jets attempt to revive a long-time weak spot with their pass rush.

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UDFA Spotlight Kenny Yeboah

Michael Meegan analyzes UDFA TE Kenny Yeboah.

The Jets needed to add to their TE room and they decided to wait until after the draft and snagged Ole Miss TE Kenny Yeboah as a UDFA.  With the mercurial Chris Herndon and blocking TE Tyler Kroft as the only real players on the depth chart, Yeboah has a legit shot to make this roster.

Yeboah is an athletic TE who really blossomed under Lane Kiffin during his last year at Ole Miss.  Yeboah put up an impressive 29 catches for 524 yards and 6 TD’s in just 7 games.  Yeboah’s best game came against National Champion Alabama where he went for 7 catches 181 yards and 2 scores.

Yeboah is best as a WR when he can attack the seams.  He has really solid hands and a surprisingly  nuanced route tree. Yeboah needs work as a blocker but he displays a lot of effort while blocking and with the right coaching he can really grow.  Zach Wilson has struggled for consistency in attacking the middle of the field and a weapon like Yeboah can really be helpful for him as he tries to improve in that part of his game.

I will never give up on Chris Herndon but I really do hope Yeboah can make this roster because as a tandem I think they can be really exciting.  I think Yeboah is way too talented to have not been drafted and has a clear path to be a guy who can make an impact on this roster.

Draft SZN: Analyzing the first 4 picks + Interview with AVT’s OL Coach

The Draft SZN crew discusses the first four picks of the 2021 draft + interviews Viane Talamaivao, a USC assistant OL coach, about Alijah Vera-Tucker.

On this episode of Draft SZN, Michael Meegan guest hosts and talks with Joe Belic and James Kuntz about the Jets’ first four picks in the Draft: Zach Wilson, Alijah Vera-Tucker, Elijah Moore, and Michael Carter. The last ~15 minutes of this episode feature James’ interview with USC Offensive Quality Control Coach Viane Talamaivao, who speaks about Alijah Vera-Tucker as a player and person.

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TOJ Pod ft. Mike DeVito

Will Parkinson interviews Mike DeVito.

On this episode of the Turn on the Jets podcast, Will Parkinson is joined by 9 year NFL veteran defensive lineman Mike DeVito as they discuss:

– Robert Saleh and his potential impact
– Changing a culture
– 2009/10 Memories & Stories
– How good Darrelle Revis was

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