NY Jets news: Elijah Moore has been the star of OTAs

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The NY Jets have had a number of notable standouts from their 2021 OTAs, but none more so than rookie wide receiver Elijah Moore.

Moore has wasted no time acclimating himself with his new teammates and coaching staff and looks every part of the bonafide star that many within the organization believe he will be.

With a number of Jets receivers out nursing minor ailments, Moore has gotten the opportunity to shine this spring. And shine he has.

There is no debate — one player has stood out amongst the rest as the star of OTAs. And his name is unquestionably Elijah Moore.

The NY Jets are thrilled with Elijah Moore's performance this spring.

The highlight of the entire spring so far has to be the diving 40-yard catch that Moore made on Tuesday as he streaked down the sideline and got just enough separation from cornerback Bryce Hall to haul in a beautifully thrown pass from Zach Wilson.

Somehow, despite the presence of a rookie No. 2 overall pick at quarterback who has been playing well in his own right, Moore has managed to overshadow his teammate.

That's a testament to just how good he's looked.

Head coach Robert Saleh called Moore "a dynamic young man" when speaking to the media on Thursday and reiterated that he could play anywhere on the field, from both boundary spots to the slot.

He's the complete package — or at least that's how he's looked so far at OTAs.

Connor Hughes of The Athletic went into detail about just how impressive Moore has been and shared some insight into how excited the Jets are about him.

"Explosiveness like that hasn’t been around Florham Park in quite some time. Players with that ability are few and far between. And while Moore will never be the most popular guy at these workouts, through two weeks, he is undeniably the most impressive."

Connor Hughes, on Elijah Moore

Perhaps the most telling line was when Hughes insisted that "there are some over at One Jets Drive who require the occasional pinch in realizing Moore is theirs."

The Jets are enamored with Elijah Moore, and they already were before he began flashing his talents at OTAs. Per our own Mike Mitchell, the Jets were targeting Moore with the No. 23 overall pick if they didn't trade up for Alijah Vera-Tucker.

Moore was a top-24 player on their board, and they were both stunned and ecstatic when he managed to fall to them at pick 34 in the second round.

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Elijah Moore looks like the star the Jets believe he will be. And while it may still be early, no player has made a larger impact over the last few weeks than he has.