Jefferson's Chris Moore relishes first NFL TDs
Chris Moore has quickly shown a knack for being in the right place at the right time, and as a result, the Jefferson grad has scored special-teams touchdowns in back-to-back games as a rookie receiver with the Baltimore Ravens.
It started Oct. 23 in Baltimore's game against the Jets, when the snap sailed high on punter Lachlan Edwards and went over his head. As he tried to recover the loose ball, Moore pushed him aside at the 5-yard line and scooped up the loose ball for a touchdown. Then after a bye week, Moore did it again, as teammate Javorius Allen blocked a Steelers punt and Moore picked up the loose ball in stride, returning it 14 yards for what would end up the winning touchdown for Baltimore.
"The ball was spinning perfectly, like a top. The perfect situation," said Moore, a fourth-round pick out of Cincinnati, of his second scoop-and-score. "It was just instinct. It was crazy that I could keep running without breaking stride. Everybody kept coming up to me on the sidelines, saying 'That's crazy. Two weeks in a row.'"
It had been a largely quiet rookie year for Moore, who has six catches for 41 yards in a deep, experienced group of receivers that includes two future Hall of Famers in Steve Smith (who needs eight catches to have 1,000 for his career) and return specialist Devin Hester, as well as eight-year veteran Mike Wallace.
"The vets are wonderful. They took all the rookies under their wings immediately," Moore said. "They talk to us and teach us things every day. Whenever they say something, I'm trying to soak it all in. They're teaching us how to be pros, so it's a nice atmosphere and a great family to be a part of."
Moore has had chances to show defensive skills -- he had a tackle this season after an interception, and his Jets touchdown was simply him seeing a loose ball and going after the opposing punter in the open field.
"I knew it was my chance to go get it -- I thought 'I've got to hit him as hard as I can and hopefully the ball comes out,'" said Moore. "I came in with the attitude that I would do whatever I can do to help this team win, whatever they ask me to do. Good things are happening, and hopefully that continues."