What to Expect From Elijah Moore in His Rookie Season

In a new look Jets offense, there is a lot to expect from rookie wideout Elijah Moore. In the 2021 NFL offseason, the Jets really put a big focus on setting up offensive success. After having the NFL’s worst offense in 2020, the Jets added Corey Davis to be the team’s top wide receiver. To start the NFL Draft, the Jets drafted Zach Wilson second overall to be the team’s new starting quarterback.  The Jets then used the 23rd overall pick and two third rounders to trade up to 14th overall to draft Alijah Vera-Tucker. With their third draft pick, the 34th overall pick, the Jets drafted Moore, a wide receiver from Ole Miss. Moore, who is effective both in the slot and on the outside, is coming from an Ole Miss program that has become something of a breeding ground for wide receivers. 

How Elijah Moore Fits In

Moore should expect to see a good amount of playing time, even with Davis, Denzel Mims, and Jamison Crowder ahead of him on the Jets’ unofficial depth chart. Moore is the kind of player that can break off big plays at any given time. Whether it’s on a simple swing pass, or a designed deep route, Moore brings a lot to the table. The addition of Moore to an already improved offense shows that the Jets are not going to make the same mistakes with Wilson that they did with Darnold. Compared to Ole Miss products, A.J. Brown and D.K. Metcalf, Moore likely will not have the role that they had in their rookie seasons. Metcalf and Brown each went directly into their respective teams’ starting lineup as the top target on their respective teams. 

Stat Predictions For Elijah Moore

Moore has already begun developing some chemistry with Wilson during the Jets rookie minicamps. Using rookie wide receiver numbers from the 2019 and 2020 seasons is the best way to gauge what Moore’s contributions can look like. Depending on just how much he gets into the lineup, Moore could get anywhere from 35 to 55 receptions in a Mike LaFleur offense. With Wilson ready to flourish, Moore should get anywhere from 550-800 receiving yards. Which should be considered a successful season by many people. Moore’s explosive style should allow him to flourish in an offense that was  reshaped during the offseason. According to ESPN’s unofficial Jets depth chart, The Jets should have seven returning starters to the offense. However, they will have almost a completely new set of skill players. 

Final Thoughts On the New Look Offense

The Jets will roll out a brand new starting quarterback, running back, left guard, and wide receiver one. Additionally, when Elijah Moore makes his first start in a Jets uniform he will be a new weapon in this offense. The Jets, who look to move forward past their two win 2020 season, will do so with Moore moving forward. The recent success of Ole Miss receivers in the NFL should bode well for the Jets. Although Moore has a different skillset than Brown or Metcalf, his talent should bode well for him and the Jets. Moore was a first round talent in a deep wide receiver draft, but fell to the second round. A team in need of playmakers got one in the palm of their hands and know what they expect from Elijah Moore. 

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