Through the first two preseason games thus far, the New York Giants‘ defensive line has been a work in progress. The Giants are trying to figure out their rotations, as the only definitives right now is that Jason Pierre-Paul and Cullen Jenkins will be starters. The other two spots along the line are up for grabs, and one player who may make a play for the defensive end spot opposite Pierre-Paul is Damontre Moore.
Moore has been running mostly with the second-team defense, and has been showcasing the pass rushing skills the Giants saw he had while at Texas A&M. The speed he possesses makes it easy for him to rush pass the offensive tackles and get into the backfield to disrupt opposing offenses.
It would be worthwhile for the Giants to give Moore some snaps with the first team defense. Preseason is the time to work on things, and giving him snaps when the games do not matter would be a good way to see if he is worthy of more spans along the defensive line once the games begin to matter. The exhibitions will give the Giants a chance to see what Moore is made of without much risk involved.
It would also be beneficial for Moore to begin playing against more first-team offensive lines because he is one of the only Giants with true abilities to rush the passer. The other options going against Moore for playing time opposite of Pierre-Paul are Mathias Kiwanuka and Robert Ayers; both are more run stoppers than pass rushers.
Last season, Moore was used almost exclusively on special teams as a gunner. He excelled at it, but he was not selected in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft to become a special teams player; the Giants selected him because of the potential he showed as a pass rusher. This season, he will be given the chance to show that the Giants did not make a mistake selecting him. If he continues to perform as he has thus far in the preseason, Moore has a legitimate chance to overtake Kiwanuka and Ayers for not only playing time, but the starting spot as well.