Elijah Moore

New York Jets
Wide Receiver #8
New York Jets
Wide Receiver #8
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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

Moved to injured reserve

Moore (quadriceps) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Moore still has a chance to return Week 17, but given where the Jets reside in the standings it's entirely possible the team could be extra cautious with its prized rookie. After a rocky start to Moore's inaugural campaign, the Ole Miss product had emerged as easily the most consistent target in a defunct offense recording 34 receptions, 459 yards and five touchdowns over the last six games. With Corey Davis (groin) done for the season, Jamison Crowder, Keelan Cole and Denzel Mims will operate as the top three pass catchers moving forward.

Dec 11, 2021 12:49 PM EST

Unable to practice all week

Moore (quadriceps) missed a third consecutive practice Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints, Rich Cimini of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Cimini notes that no Jets player has suited up this season after missing all three practices during the week, so Moore will have to beat the odds in order to play. The standout rookie has come on in recent weeks, and his absence would be a devastating blow to a Jets passing game that's already without Corey Davis (groin) for the remainder of the season. Slot receiver Jamison Crowder would be the top target for rookie quarterback Zach Wilson, with veteran retread Keelan Cole and unproven youngster Denzel Mims occupying the starting spots on the outside.

Dec 10, 2021 1:32 PM EST

Receiving questionable tag

Moore (quadriceps) is considered questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints, Ethan B. Greenberg of the Jets' official site reports.

Analysis: Moore was unable to practice Wednesday and Thursday due to the quadriceps injury, but he's expected to test things out at practice Friday and Saturday, per Rich Cimini of ESPN.com. The rookie second-round pick has 34 receptions for 459 yards and five touchdowns across the past six games, and he may be headed for a game-time decision this weekend versus New Orleans

Dec 10, 2021 8:15 AM EST

Logs another DNP

Moore (quad) remained sidelined at practice Thursday, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Per Eric Allen of the Jets' official site, coach Robert Saleh noted Wednesday that Moore is considered "day-to-day" and that the team is "hopeful he'll be able to play Sunday." A return to practice in any capacity Friday on the part of Moore would bolster his chances of playing Sunday against the Saints and if he is able to suit up this weekend a key role awaits, with fellow wideout Corey Davis on IR with a groin injury.

Dec 9, 2021 1:16 PM EST

Dealing with quad issue

Moore (quad) won't practice Wednesday.

Analysis: According to Jets coach Robert Saleh, Moore is day-to-day as Sunday's game against the Saints approaches, with the team hopeful that the rookie wideout will be able to suit up this weekend, Eric Allen of the Jets' official site reports. On the plus side for New York, which placed Corey Davis (groin) on IR on Tuesday, Keelan Cole is slated to practice Wednesday after coming off the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Dec 8, 2021 8:55 AM EST

Returns to double-digit targets

Moore recorded six receptions on 12 targets for 77 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 33-18 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: Moore got off to a quick start, as he hauled in his fifth career touchdown -- all of which have come in his last five games --on the team's first possession. He went on to lead the team in targets, with his 12 looks doubling up the next most-targeted player on the team. Besides the touchdown, Moore also picked up lengthy receptions of 29, 18 and 15 yards. This performance was particularly significant for Moore's potential to produce moving forward, as he had found the majority of previous success this season with backup quarterbacks Joe Flacco and Mike White (illness). That Moore produced with Zach Wilson under center offers optimism that he will produce in Week 15 against New Orleans and beyond.

Dec 5, 2021 3:22 PM EST

Four catches in Wilson's return

Moore caught four of eight targets for 48 yards and added a seven-yard carry in Sunday's 21-14 win over the Texans.

Analysis: Quarterback Zach Wilson struggled in his return from a knee injury, dragging down the Jets' receivers with him, but Moore still made some key contributions and led the team in targets. He helped set up New York's go-ahead touchdown with a 22-yard catch on the first drive of the third quarter, and Moore was entrusted with the ball on the ground to convert a pivotal 4th-and-1 in the fourth quarter, allowing the Jets to run more clock by bursting up the field for a seven-yard gain. Moore should remain heavily involved in the Week 13 game plan against the Eagles.

Nov 28, 2021 6:23 PM EST

Best game yet in Week 11 loss

Moore caught eight of 11 targets for 141 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Dolphins. He added 15 yards on one rushing attempt.

Analysis: Moore got free downfield for a 62-yard touchdown in the third quarter, which was his fourth receiving score in the past three games. He also set career highs in catches and receiving yards, reaching triple digits in the latter category for the first time in his career. The rookie second-round pick got off to a slow start after what was by all accounts an excellent training camp, but Moore has started to translate his excellent practice performance to production on Sundays. If he's still on the waiver wire in your league, make sure to scoop Moore up before the Jets travel to Houston in Week 12.

Nov 21, 2021 1:34 PM EST

Scores late TD in blowout loss

Moore caught three of six targets for 44 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 45-17 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: New York's passing game was quiet for most of the game with Mike White struggling, but Joe Flacco came in for the final drive and provided a spark, capping off the drive with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Moore. The rookie second-round pick has caught three touchdown passes thrown by three different quarterbacks over the past two games, so the Jets' revolving door under center hasn't hindered Moore's development.

Nov 14, 2021 5:10 PM EST

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