Jason Pierre-Paul has been battling an injured shoulder ever since the New York Giants‘ win over the Oakland Raiders. He played a great game the following week against the Packers, but then sat out over half of the defensive plays the next week against Dallas. Pierre-Paul then missed last week’s victory over the Washington Redskins and has now been ruled out for Sunday’s matchup with the San Diego Chargers.
In his absence, rookie Damontre Moore will have an opportunity to make his presence known. Moore has been an impact player on special teams this season, blocking two punts. His blocked punt against Oakland proved to be a major turning point in the game. However, his playing time on defense has been limited. Moore has played only 51 defensive snaps this season according to statistics compiled by Football Outsiders.
Coming into the year, it’s safe to say the Giants had higher expectations for the rookie.
The Giants drafted Moore in the third round out of Texas A&M. New York was hoping to bolster their defensive line after struggling to pressure opposing quarterbacks the previous year. In his career at A&M, Moore collected a total of 26.5 sacks. He has still yet to register his first sack in the NFL. Last week, with Pierre-Paul on the sidelines, Moore saw the most action of his season thus far, playing 17 defensive snaps. He was quiet in the win, but the Giants are hoping that a breakout game is just around the corner.
Look for Moore to get increased playing time as the Giants will likely want to get an extended look at their young pass rusher. He’s struggled thus far, but Justin Tuck showed last week that when you get one sack, sometimes the floodgates can bust open. New York will have an eye out to see if the rookie can show some improvements before the 2013 season wraps up.