Elijah Moore

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

Has disappointing sophomore season

Moore caught his only target for 11 yards in Sunday's 11-6 loss to the Dolphins. He finishes the season with 37 catches on 65 targets for 446 yards and one touchdown.

Analysis: Moore was expected to take a step forward after racking up 538 yards and five touchdowns in just 11 games as a rookie. Instead, Moore regressed in every facet except availability. His only absence came in Week 7, when Moore was sent home after requesting a trade. The second-round pick from the 2021 NFL Draft returned the following week and remains in the Jets' plans moving forward. An upgrade under center could revitalize Moore's career, but he's well behind 2022 first-round pick Garrett Wilson in the team's wide receiver pecking order.

Jan 9, 2023 7:35 PM EST

Another two-catch game

Moore caught both of his targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 23-6 loss to the Seahawks.

Analysis: After catching at least three passes in each of New York's first four games, Moore has totaled three or more receptions only twice since Week 5. His disappointing sophomore season will come to a close in Week 18 against the Dolphins. Moore heads into that game with just 36 catches for 435 yards and one touchdown in 15 appearances after racking up 43 catches for 538 yards and five touchdowns over 11 games as a rookie.

Jan 2, 2023 12:32 PM EST

Three targets in loss

Moore caught two of three targets for 15 yards in Thursday's 19-3 loss to the Jaguars.

Analysis: New York's entire offense struggled in this one, but Moore was notably out-targeted by both Garrett Wilson (nine) and Corey Davis (seven). Moore's best chance at fantasy relevance in Week 17 against the Seahawks would be the Jets getting Mike White (ribs) back under center. A Zach Wilson-Chris Streveler redux just won't cut it.

Dec 23, 2022 9:35 AM EST

Late 4th down conversion not enough

Moore caught four of seven targets for 51 yards and rushed once for three yards in Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Lions.

Analysis: Moore made a 20-yard catch with one second left in the fourth quarter to convert on 4th and 18, but Greg Zuerlein missed a 58-yard field-goal attempt on the next play as the Jets' final drive fell short. Moore reached the 60-yard threshold in two of the previous three games when Mike White (ribs) was under center, but he has yet to do so with any other quarterback this season. Zach Wilson started this game and will likely remain under center Thursday against the Jaguars unless White makes an unexpectedly quick recovery.

Dec 18, 2022 2:50 PM EST

Season-high 10 targets in Week 14

Moore caught six of 10 targets for 60 yards in Sunday's 20-12 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Moore set season highs in catches and targets while coming four yards shy of his Week 12 season best. Mike White's insertion under center has helped Moore pick up the pace over the past three weeks after what had been a disastrous sophomore season for the wide receiver. White's status for Week 15 against the Lions is in doubt due to a rib injury, but there's a good chance that White plays but wide receiver Corey Davis (head) doesn't, which would put Moore in position for a busy afternoon against a vulnerable defense.

Dec 11, 2022 3:26 PM EST

Quiet in Week 13 loss

Moore caught two of six targets for seven yards and added a 10-yard rush in Sunday's 27-22 loss to the Vikings.

Analysis: Moore had room to get his second foot down on an attempted sideline catch late in the first half, but he failed to do so on a play that would have put the Jets in field-goal range. A seven-yard gain by Ty Johnson on the ensuing play followed by a 60-yard Greg Zuerlein field goal made Moore's blunder inconsequential, but that play was emblematic of the second-year wide receiver's struggles in 2022. Moore's a distant third on the Jets' wide receiver depth chart behind Garrett Wilson and Corey Davis heading into a Week 14 trip to Buffalo.

Dec 4, 2022 2:35 PM EST

Finds end zone in White's debut

Moore caught both of his targets for 64 yards and a touchdown while rushing once for minus-4 yards in Sunday's 31-10 win over the Bears.

Analysis: Moore had struggled to produce with Zach Wilson under center for the Jets, but he made the most of his first touch in the second quarter, catching a well placed pass from Mike White and bouncing off a tackle for a 42-yard gain. The second-year wide receiver's only other target came in the third quarter, and he caught it for his first touchdown of the season from 22 yards out. It remains to be seen whether White can sustain this form in Week 13 against the Vikings and beyond, but he unlocked the big play potential of both Moore and Garrett Wilson (two touchdowns) in his season debut.

Nov 27, 2022 3:02 PM EST

Two catches in Week 11

Moore caught two of four targets for 17 yards in Sunday's 10-3 loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: Moore made consecutive catches of 13 and four yards in the two-minute drill late in the first half, but that was the extent of his involvement on offense. He was the last player to touch the ball in the loss, making the curious decision to run out of bounds after a nine-yard kickoff return with no time on the clock. Moore's first two catches since Week 5 represent a small step in the right direction for the wide receiver heading into a Week 12 home game against the Bears.

Nov 20, 2022 2:38 PM EST

No Davis in Week 11

Moore could be in line for an expanded role Sunday in New England, as Ethan Greenberg and John Pullano of the Jets' official site report that Corey Davis (knee) will miss a third consecutive game.

Analysis: Davis' previous absences didn't lead to increased volume for the disgruntled Moore, but perhaps New York's Week 10 bye gave Moore an opportunity to clear his head. He'll have another opportunity to contribute in Week 11 for a Jets receiving corps that lacks weapons besides fellow young wide receiver Garrett Wilson in Davis' absence. Moore hasn't recorded more than 53 yards in a game this season after topping that mark in four of his last six games as a rookie.

Nov 18, 2022 10:18 AM EST

Will be slot receiver after bye

Coach Robert Saleh told Josina Anderson of CBS Sports that the team plans to utilize Moore in the slot more moving forward.

Analysis: After a strong rookie season during which he saw time both outside and in the slot, Moore has struggled as a sophomore. New York has used him predominantly as a decoy on the outside while featuring other options in the passing game, but more snaps in the slot could lead to more touches for the 5-foot-10 receiver. The Jets are on bye in Week 10, which will give Moore ample time to adjust to his new slot-heavy role before the team returns to action against the Patriots in Week 11.

Nov 9, 2022 6:15 PM EST

No targets in Week 9 win

Moore wasn't targeted in Sunday's 20-17 win over the Bills.

Analysis: Moore played on 45 percent of the team's offensive snaps, and while Zach Wilson threw for only 154 yards, he still directed the ball toward eight different non-Moore targets, including four wide receivers. With only one target since Week 5, Moore will likely need to string together multiple productive performances after New York's Week 10 bye before you can consider putting him in your fantasy lineup.

Nov 7, 2022 8:19 AM EST

Another opportunity awaits

Moore could take on a larger role Sunday against the Bills, as Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports that Corey Davis (knee) has been ruled out.

Analysis: Moore has been irked by a lack of targets, and the same pattern continued in Week 8 against New England, as he was targeted only once despite Davis being out. Prior to complaining publicly, Moore had seen the field plenty but just wasn't getting thrown to. He then sat out a game and played only 10 snaps upon returning in Week 8. With Davis still sidelined, Moore has an opportunity to earn more playing time again, and the Jets could certainly use the playmaking ability he demonstrated as a rookie in 2021.

Nov 4, 2022 10:16 AM EST

Goose egg in Week 8

Moore didn't catch his only target in Sunday's 22-17 loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: Moore missed the previous game after requesting a trade due to a lack of targets. He returned to the field against the Patriots but didn't see any additional volume, even with fellow wide receiver Corey Davis (knee) sidelined. Moore's minimal usage makes him a fantasy non-entity until further notice.

Oct 30, 2022 3:13 PM EST

Could play key role in return

Moore's expected to play a prominent role Sunday against the Patriots, as Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports that fellow wide receiver Corey Davis (knee) has been ruled out.

Analysis: Moore sat out New York's Week 7 win over the Broncos after requesting a trade due to a lack of usage, but he has subsequently been brought back into the fold. His desire for more targets could be promptly granted against New England, as the Jets will be without Davis, who leads the team with 351 receiving yards. New York may also be forced into more pass-heavy game plans moving forward after the season-ending knee injury to standout rookie running back Breece Hall.

Oct 28, 2022 9:06 AM EST

Back with team, expected to play

Jets head coach Robert Saleh said Monday that Moore (personal) is back with the team and is expected to play Sunday against the Patriots, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Moore requested a trade ahead of Jets' Week 7 win over the Broncos, and the wideout was ultimately made inactive by the team. Per Connor Hughes of SNY.tv, Moore being inactive wasn't a punishment, but rather because Saleh didn't want the youngster taking the field in his current mental state. With Corey Davis (knee) day-to-day, it would certainly be nice to have Moore back in the mix. Despite winning games, the Jets have struggled moving the ball through the air with Zach Wilson at the helm, though they'll likely have to lean on their quarterback more moving forward after losing breakout star Breece Hall (knee) for the season.

Oct 24, 2022 12:36 PM EST

Won't play Sunday

Coach Robert Saleh said Friday that Moore will not play Sunday versus the Broncos but "trading him is not an option," Andy Vasquez of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: Moore isn't missing Sunday's game as punishment for his trade request, per Connor Hughes of SNY.tv, but simply because Saleh does not want the 22-year-old wideout taking the field in his current mental state. The 2021 first-round pick reportedly takes issue with his current role and lack of involvement on offense, which culminated in a Week 6 win that saw Moore go without a target from Zach Wilson. Until Moore's situation is sorted out, Braxton Berrios (back), Denzel Mims and Jeff Smith will see increased opportunities behind Corey Davis and Garrett Wilson.

Oct 21, 2022 7:40 AM EST

Back at team facility

Moore is back at the Jets' training facility Friday after having been excused for a personal day Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Moore is back in the building as the Jets continue preparations for Sunday's road matchup against the Broncos, despite having informed the team Thursday of his desire for a trade. The 2021 second-round pick is reportedly dissatisfied with his current role on New York's offense, having gone without a target Week 6 and only exceeded the 50-yard receiving threshold in one contest this season. Whether Moore's already uninspiring offensive utilization will further decrease in the wake of his trade request remains to be seen, and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the Jets have no plans to part ways with the 22-year-old wideout.

Oct 21, 2022 7:08 AM EST

Asks for trade

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network indicates Moore has asked for a trade, but notes that the Jets have no plans to deal the wideout.

Analysis: Per Rapoport, Moore -- who didn't officially log a target in Week 6 -- is frustrated with his role and usage with the team, but at this stage the Jets aren't inclined to part ways with the 2021 second-rounder. Meanwhile, Rich Cimini of ESPN relays that Moore was excused from practice Thursday, with the wideout being given what was termed a "personal day." It remains to be seen what Moore does at practice Friday, but at this point he profiles as a speculative fantasy lineup option for Sunday's game against the Broncos.

Oct 20, 2022 2:40 PM EST

Takes personal day Thursday

Coach Robert Saleh said Moore has an excused absence from Thursday's practice, Kimberley A. Martin of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The absence was cited as a personal day, meaning Moore likely will be back on the practice field Friday. No matter, his status is one to monitor, especially considering his target count dwindled all the way to zero this past Sunday at Green Bay.

Oct 20, 2022 11:11 AM EST

No targets Sunday

Moore was not targeted in Sunday's 27-10 win over the Packers.

Analysis: Moore's goose egg comes after his one catch for 11 yards in Week 5 previously marked a season low. Although quarterback Zach Wilson passed for merely 110 yards Sunday, restricting everyone's output, Moore's recent drop off is nonetheless noteworthy. He'll look to resurface as a significant threat in Week 7 versus the Broncos, but Sunday's anonymous outing could offer reason to temper expecations.

Oct 16, 2022 2:25 PM EST

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