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NY Jets must get Elijah Moore more involved in the offense

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NY Jets, Elijah Moore / Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports
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The NY Jets have endured their fair share of struggles on offense this season, and one of their most glaring miscues has been their continued misuse of Elijah Moore.

A second-round pick in this year's draft, Moore was one of the stars of training camp putting together a summer unmatched by many (if any) Jets players in recent memory.

Jets fans had high expectations for Moore after what he did this summer with some even insisting that he could be this year's Justin Jefferson. Unfortunately, he's fallen well short of those lofty expectations.

In four games, Moore has hauled in just eight catches for 66 yards and he hasn't caught a pass since Week 3. A lot of this, however, falls on the shoulders of the Jets coaching staff.

The NY Jets continue to misuse Elijah Moore on offense

Moore has been entirely misused on offense to this point. We've spoken about it here before so there's no need to go too in-depth, but some of it bears repeating.

Despite Jamison Crowder missing the first three weeks of the season, Moore has played more than 70 percent of his snaps on the boundary.

With Crowder out, the Jets turned to Braxton Berrios to take over for his role in the slot. Meanwhile, Moore has been isolated out wide despite the fact that he excelled in the slot and really all over the field at Ole Miss.

Moore was used in the slot, in the backfield, in motion, and out wide in college, but the Jets have pigeonholed him into arguably his least effective role. The results have been what you'd expect.

The Jets aren't using Moore correctly. They're trying to fit a square — no, an octagonal — peg into a triangular hole. He's good at so many things, why limit his usage to one role, especially one he's not nearly as comfortable in?

On top of that, the Jets have used Moore less and less as the weeks have gone on. Moore's snap percentage has decreased with each subsequent week.

He played a whopping 86 percent of offensive snaps in Week 1, but just a few weeks later he's on the field for just 41 percent of offensive snaps.

The return of Crowder and the emergence of Keelan Cole have both cost Moore playing time. That absolutely cannot be the case.

Not only is Moore more dynamic than someone like Cole, but he also has a brighter future with the team than his teammates receiving more snaps.

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The Jets need to find a way to get Elijah Moore more involved in the offense. The first step to that is actually putting him on the field frequently enough to make a real impact. The next step is then figuring out the best way to maximize his skills.

The Jets have failed at doing both to this point.

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