For his first two seasons, Kareem Moore was an afterthought for the Redskins defensive backfield. He came into his career with the Redskins battling injuries and was stuck playing behind LaRon Landry. His numbers were unimpressive, with just one interception in his career.
Now, with Landry at strong safety and Moore at free safety, he will have his chance to shine. According to his coaches, Redskins fans will be impressed with what they see.
"He's just letting it go," Jackson said, "going out, playing with confidence and just going out and showing everybody his abilities. I mean, it's just part of maturation of the player. You know, guys come in and they're great football athletes but once they begin to pick up the nuances of the game, they become players. And there's a big difference between a player and an athlete."
Moore has matured a great deal since the first time he played football as a senior at Okolona High School in northern Mississippi. He was recruited to the football team after turning heads on the basketball court, and went on to attend Ole Miss, Itawamba Community College, and finally Nicholls State. He tore a knee ligament not long before the 2008 draft, and had to rehab his knee before taking the field as a pro player.
"The guy's got great body control," said Steve Atwater, a coaching intern on Mike Shanahan's staff. "He has great ball skills in terms of accelerating to the ball. He's made some great plays here in camp."
Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett called Moore a "ball magnet," and Moore agrees that he loves to get his hands on the football.
He will turn 26 on Friday. An interception in the pre-season opener against the Bills would be a perfect present.
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