This season, we have seen NY Jets rookie wide receiver Elijah Moore take major strides. Moore has not only shown that he is a talented and quick wide receiver, but he has also shown that he could be the new WR1 for the Jets for years to come.
Moore was drafted by the Jets with the 34th overall pick in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft. In July of 2021, Moore signed a four-year rookie contract worth $8.94 million dollars. He got off to a slow start but he scored his first touchdown in Week 9 against the Colts.
Elijah Moore: The Ole Miss Star
Moore was a standout high school football player and was rated a four-star recruit. He originally committed to Georgia but decided to change to Ole Miss.
When Moore was a freshman, he caught 36 passes for 398 yards and two touchdowns, certainly a respectable number for a college freshman. Many don't play a lot in their freshman year anyways.
As a sophomore, however, Moore led the team with 67 receptions, 850 receiving yards, and six touchdowns. Ole Miss lost in the Egg Bowl that year, 21-20.
Moore was on the watchlist for the Biletnikoff Award, entering his junior season. As a junior, Moore finished the season with a school-record 86 receptions, 1,193 yards, and eight touchdowns.
He only played eight games this season as he opted out of the remainder of the season in order to prepare for the NFL Draft.
Elijah Moore: NY Jets' WR1
Moore was selected 34th overall by the Jets in the 2021 NFL Draft. So far on the season, Moore has 43 receptions for 538 receiving yards and five touchdowns. He also has 54 rushing yards on the season including a touchdown. Moore started off the season slowly but has since picked it up a lot.
Prior to Week 9, Moore had not scored a touchdown. However, in that week against the Indianapolis Colts, Elijah Moore arrived on the scene. Moore recorded seven catches for 84 yards and two touchdowns.
In the Jets' Week 11 game against the Miami Dolphins, Elijah Moore tallied up a career-high 141 yards. He also scored a touchdown in this game.
However, the Jets still came up just short and lost 24-17. Moore has been on the injured reserve since Week 13 when he suffered a quad injury. It is hopeful that he will return this week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Elijah Moore has shown a lot of promise this season after a lackluster start. The Jets hope that Moore will be the team's WR1 for years to come. This Jets team is shaping up to be a really good one. Patience is key.