While several of the Dallas Cowboys are taking a vacation, defensive end Damontre Moore has been working with Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller at his Pass Rush Summit.
For several seasons now, the Dallas Cowboys biggest perceived team weakness has been pass rush. Last year, the Cowboys once again struggled to place pressure on opposing quarterbacks. According to SportingCharts.com, Dallas ranked 26th in total team defensive hurries with 81 in 2016.
So this offseason, the Cowboys brass made a couple moves to help address their lack of pressure. Most notably using their first round selection in the 2017 NFL Draft to select Michigan defensive end Taco Charlton 28th overall. That’s despite not even having a first round grade on the former Wolverine pass rusher.
The second, and a far less recognized move, was the signing of free agent defensive end Damontre Moore to a two-year, $1.6 million deal in March. The 24-year old pass rusher was originally a third round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. But maturity issues and inconsistent play have plagued Moore’s pro career, who now makes Dallas his fifth NFL team in as many seasons.
At Texas A&M, Moore racked up 197 total tackles, 45.0 tackles for a loss and 26.5 sacks in three seasons playing for the Aggies. His junior year, he posted career-highs in tackles (85), tackles for loss (21.0) and sacks (12.5) before heading off to the NFL.
Thought to be a possible first round draft pick, Moore’s stock dropped dramatically due to a poor showing at the Scouting Combine and reports of off-the-field issues. After bouncing around the league, the Cowboys believe the fifth-year defensive end has now come to a crossroads.
This offseason, Moore appears to be taking steps to fulfill the potential many believed he once had coming out of college. According to Pro Football Talk, the young pass rusher is working out with the likes of Denver Broncos’ All-Pro linebacker Von Miller, a former Aggie and Super Bowl 50 MVP, to try and change the trajectory of his professional career.
"“Moore said he’s trying to change that and asked himself ‘why aren’t you doing everything to the best of your ability’ heading into this offseason,” wrote Josh Alper for Pro Football Talk. “He attended Von Miller’s recent ‘pass rush summit’ after the end of Cowboys work and coach Jason Garrett said that Moore looks like he understands that he needed to change to keep his career going.”"
The Pass Rush Summit was held on the campus of Stanford University last week and included such names as Miller himself, the Atlanta Falcons’ Vic Beasley, the Oakland Raiders’ Khalil Mack and former Cowboys’ great DeMarcus Ware.
According to Cowboys’ head coach Jason Garrett, Damontre Moore is embracing his opportunity in Dallas. As the fifth-year defensive end absolutely should. This could be his last chance to prove he belongs in the NFL.