Elijah Moore

New York Jets
Wide Receiver #8
New York Jets
Wide Receiver #8
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Elijah Moore News

Overshadowed by rookie teammate

Moore caught three of five targets for 41 yards and rushed once for minus-6 yards in Sunday's 31-30 win over the Browns.

Analysis: Moore tied for third on the team in targets behind Garrett Wilson (14) and tight end Tyler Conklin (nine). Wilson turned his volume into 102 yards and two touchdowns, showcasing better chemistry with Joe Flacco. Moore's upside in Week 3 against the Bengals could be capped with Flacco expected to remain under center, but the Jets' offense looked much more capable in this one after mustering just nine points in the season opener against Baltimore.

Sep 18, 2022 2:54 PM EST

Five catches in season opener

Moore caught five of seven targets for 49 yards in Sunday's 24-9 loss to Baltimore.

Analysis: Moore posted modest totals despite the Jets utilizing the short passing game consistently, as Joe Flacco threw the ball 59 times. While Moore remains the most appealing fantasy wide receiver in New York after a promising rookie season, the Jets' entire offense may not find much success for the duration of Zach Wilson's (knee) absence, which is expected to linger for another two weeks. The Jets will travel to Cleveland in Week 2, where Moore will likely see a lot of standout cornerback Denzel Ward.

Sep 11, 2022 3:41 PM EST

Makes one grab

Moore caught one of two targets for nine yards in Sunday's 31-27 preseason win over the Giants.

Analysis: Moore finished the preseason by getting a little extra work in with quarterback Joe Flacco, who will likely start in Week 1 versus the Ravens with Zach Wilson (knee) still sidelined. After posting 43 catches on 77 targets for 538 yards and five touchdowns in 11 games as a rookie, Moore will aim to elevate his game further in Year 2, when New York's receiving corps should be bolstered by the first-round selection of Garrett Wilson as well.

Aug 28, 2022 1:28 PM EST

Will play at least one quarter

Jets head coach Robert Saleh said Moore, along with the rest of the offensive starters, will play at least one quarter during Sunday's preseason finale, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: It'll be a chance for Moore to get additional reps with quarterback Joe Flacco, who likely will start Week 1 against Baltimore with Zach Wilson (knee) sidelined following surgery. While rookie first-round pick Garrett Wilson has shown flashes during training camp, Moore is still expected to be the Jets No. 1 wideout heading into the regular season.

Aug 28, 2022 9:29 AM EST

Likely playing this week

Coach Robert Saleh suggested Moore and other starters will play anywhere from a quarter to a half in Sunday's preseason game against the Giatns, Zach Braziller of the NY Post reports.

Analysis: It's a chance for Moore to get additional reps with Joe Flacco, who likely will start Week 1 against Baltimore with Zach Wilson (knee) reportedly facing a timeline around 4-6 weeks after Aug. 16 surgery. Moore, Corey Davis and Braxton Berrios have taken most of the first-team reps this summer, but first-round pick Garrett Wilson poses a serious threat to Davis and Berrios, if not Moore.

Aug 24, 2022 12:11 PM EST

Won't play Monday

Moore and other key players, including QB Joe Flacco and WR Corey Davis, will be held out of Monday's preseason game against Atlanta, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Flacco may get the Week 1 start while Zach Wilson recovers from a meniscus injury, though that's not necessarily a bad thing for Moore's fantasy prospects. With Moore and Davis held out Monday night, rookie first-round pick Garrett Wilson could get extended run, assuming he isn't on the sidelines as well. Wilson came in as the fourth receiver in the preseason opener, behind Moore, Davis and slot man Braxton Berrios.

Aug 22, 2022 9:45 AM EST

Shines in joint practice

Moore stood out in Friday's joint practice with the Falcons, catching five passes from quarterback Joe Flacco, Andy Vasquez of NJ.com reports.

Analysis: Moore's productive practice included a gain of 40-plus yards, as he found a hole in Atlanta's zone coverage and proceeded to make a defender miss with a juke. New York's 2021 second-round pick is poised to lead the Jets' receiving corps in his second season, and the team believes Moore's just scratching the surface of his potential as a playmaker.

Aug 19, 2022 1:58 PM EST

Once catch in preseason opener

Moore recorded one reception on one target for nine yards in Friday's 24-21 preseason win over the Eagles.

Analysis: Moore played with the first-team offense for three possessions. He made the most of his one look, hauling in a pass from Zach Wilson (knee) to earn the team a fresh set of downs. Moore had a fairly strong showing in his rookie season -- he managed 538 yards on 77 targets -- and should be in for a strong 2022 campaign working opposite Garrett Wilson among the Jets' receiving corps.

Aug 12, 2022 8:58 PM EST

More comfortable at NFL level

Moore feels more comfortable heading into his second season and is ready to take a second-year leap, Jared Greenspan of the New York Post reports.

Analysis: Moore was still getting used to the NFL level as a rookie, yet he still managed to lead the Jets in receiving yards despite playing just 11 games. He expects to be even better in his sophomore season and even feels comfortable enough to give rookie first-round pick Garrett Wilson tips, both on and off the field. "I had to go experience it," Moore said of playing at NFL speed last season. Now, he feels ready to excel: "I'm waiting, I'm ready for the game."

Jul 29, 2022 1:43 PM EST

Team adds similar young WR

Moore will be joined by rookie 10th overall pick Garrett Wilson in New York's receiving corps, Rich Cimini of ESPN reports.

Analysis: For a third consecutive draft, the Jets used a premium selection on a wide receiver. While 2020 second-rounder Denzel Mims is shaping up to be a bust, the early returns on Moore -- selected 34th overall in 2021 -- look encouraging, and Wilson is the team's most highly regarded receiving prospect yet coming out of Ohio State. Moore and Wilson profile similarly as fast, undersized receivers who can play both outside and in the slot. New York will likely take advantage of their versatility by moving Moore and Wilson around frequently, but Corey Davis (groin) could be the team's premier red zone threat given his larger frame.

May 1, 2022 8:29 AM EST

Hot finish before injury as rookie

Moore (quadriceps) finished his rookie season with 43 catches for 538 yards and five touchdowns. He added 54 yards and a touchdown on five rushing attempts.

Analysis: The second-round pick out of Ole Miss burst onto the scene with a terrific training camp and preseason, but New York's shaky quarterback play led to a slow start for Moore. He heated up in the middle of the season, catching 34 of 51 targets for 459 yards and five touchdowns over his last six games before a quadriceps injury and stint in COVID-19 protocols ended Moore's campaign after 11 appearances. The arrow's pointing up for Moore heading into his sophomore season, and he's expected to be fully healthy by then and ready to build on his strong play prior to getting hurt.

Jan 14, 2022 10:47 AM EST

Remains on COVID list

Moore (quadriceps) remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Sunday's game against the Bills.

Analysis: With Moore not among the Jets' activations ahead of Week 18 action and Braxton Berrios (quad) having been placed on IR on Friday, look for Jamison Crowder, Keelan Cole and Jeff Smith to head the team's wide receiver corps in Sunday's season finale.

Jan 8, 2022 4:09 PM EST

Unlikely to play Sunday

Coach Robert Saleh said Moore (quadriceps) is "trending south" for Sunday's game against the Bills, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Moore appears to have cleared the league's COVID-19 protocols but remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list, though the bigger issue is he hasn't returned to practice since landing on injured reserve with the quadriceps injury Dec. 13. It appears the 21-year-old will end up missing the final five games of the season due to the injury, which would leave him with 43 receptions for 538 yards and five touchdowns to go along with five carries for 54 yards and another score in 11 games as a rookie.

Jan 7, 2022 8:36 AM EST

Looks unlikely for Week 18

Moore (quadriceps) continued to take part in rehab work off to the side during Thursday's practice and appears unlikely to be available for Sunday's game against the Bills, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.

Analysis: Moore technically remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list after testing positive for the virus, Dec. 16, but that looks to be merely a formality at this point. Since he's been at the Jets' facility for the last few days, Moore has seemingly cleared the NFL's COVID-19 return-to-play protocol, but he'll be moved to injured reserve whenever he's activated from the list. The Jets didn't designate Moore for return from IR before he contracted the virus, so he has yet to take part in practice with his healthy teammates since suffering the quad injury Week 13 against the Eagles. Even if Moore is cleared to practice Friday, one workout probably won't be enough for the Jets to feel comfortable activating him for the season finale following a month-long absence.

Jan 6, 2022 12:51 PM EST

Chance to play Week 18

Head coach Robert Saleh said Moore (quadriceps) had a good workout Monday and remains a candidate to play in Sunday's season finale in Buffalo, Al Iannazzone of Newsday reports.

Analysis: Moore was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Dec. 16, but his ability to take part in a workout Monday suggests he's made a full recovery from the illness. He'll have to revert back to injured reserve and receive a designation for return before he's eligible to resume practicing, which could happen as soon as Wednesday. Saleh said until the Jets have a chance to evaluate Moore in practice, the team won't have a good sense of whether he'll have a shot to play in the regular-season finale. Moore has been sidelined for the Jets' last four games while recovering from the quad injury, interrupting what had been a strong second half for the rookie wideout.

Jan 3, 2022 12:36 PM EST

Could return next week

Coach Robert Saleh noted Friday that Moore, who is on the reserve/COVID-19 list and also dealing with a quad injury, won't be available for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Eric Allen of the Jets' official site reports.

Analysis: The report adds that there's a chance Moore could play in Week 18 against the Bills, but first he'll need to clear COVID protocols as well as come off IR for that be possible. With Jamison Crowder (calf) trending toward another absence this weekend, Braxton Berrios, Keelan Cole and Denzel Mims currently profile as the Jets' top available wideout options.

Dec 31, 2021 9:53 AM EST

Still on IR

Moore (quadriceps) remains on injured reserve and won't practice Thursday, Rich Cimini of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Moore has missed the past three games and is still on the reserve/COVID-19 list in addition to being on injured reserve. Even if the rookie wide receiver clears all the hurdles necessary to return to practice Friday, he'll still be fighting an uphill battle to suit up Sunday against the Buccaneers given his extended layoff. With Jamison Crowder (calf) having failed to practice in any capacity after sitting out last week's game, Braxton Berrios is likely to remain atop the Jets' wide receiver depth chart against Tampa Bay.

Dec 30, 2021 1:13 PM EST

Week 17 status TBD

Coach Robert Saleh indicated Wednesday that Moore "should be" off the reserve COVID-19 list soon, however the wideout still has some hurdles to clear with regard to the quad injury that had previously landed him on IR, Andy Vasquez of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: With that in mind, Saleh suggests that Moore's chances of being removed from both the COVID list and IR in advance of Sunday's game against the Buccaneers are in the 50-50 range, per Rich Cimini of ESPN.com. Meanwhile, fellow wide receiver Jamison Crowder (calf) is also considered 50-50 to be available this weekend.

Dec 29, 2021 9:07 AM EST

Moves to COVID-19 list

The Jets shifted Moore (quadriceps) from injured reserve to the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Moore found himself on IR before the Jets' Week 14 matchup with the Saints and was slated to require the minimum amount of time away from the active roster. But he'll now be away from team facilities until he clears league protocols. Once he does, the Jets will move Moore back to injured reserve with the aim for him to return for a Week 17 game against the Buccaneers.

Dec 16, 2021 7:36 PM EST

Could have minimum stay on IR

Jets head coach Robert Saleh said Monday that he expects Moore (quadriceps) to return from injured reserve for the final two games of the season, Andy Vasquez of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: After suffering the quad injury in the Jets' Week 13 loss to the Eagles, Moore didn't practice at all last week before New York moved him to IR on Saturday. Given the Jets' status as non-playoff contenders along with the rookie second-round pick's long-term importance to the organization, Moore looked as though he might be a shutdown candidate, but Saleh suggested that's not the case. Instead, Moore's move to IR appears to have been made with short-term roster flexibility in mind. The Jets are hopeful that three weeks of rest will be enough to resolve the quad injury, so if Moore is ready to return to practice when first eligible Week 17, he could recapture a high-volume role in the passing attack during the team's final two contests.

Dec 13, 2021 3:29 PM EST

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