Guilty as charged.
That is Damontre Moore’s admission to reports he was not exactly the hardest worker during his time at Texas A&M. Not long after the Giants took the pass-rushing defensive end in the third round of the NFL Draft, coach Tom Coughlin said the rep on Moore was that he was great on Saturdays but not so great the other days of the week.
Translation: Moore gave his all during games, not so much in practice or in the weight room.
“That wasn’t one of my strong fortes,’’ Moore said Saturday during Giants rookie mini-camp. “I’m here to work. I’m here to make my weakness my strong point. I’m just ready to get in there and give my all and try to prove people wrong. It’s nothing but motivation.’’
The Giants would like to think Moore’s lack of urgency is a product of his youth. He’s 20 years old — young even for a rookie. He left Texas A&M after his junior year but not before amassing 26.5 sacks — 21 in his last two seasons. He has the frame of a basketball player and already has gained a few pounds to his 6-foot frame, up to 255. The Giants see him playing at around 260 as they hope they have found their next edge-rusher to augment Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka and replace Osi Umenyiora, who signed with the Falcons.
“Honestly, my goals are to do whatever Coach says, just come in here with a closed mouth and open eyes and just be ready to work,’’ Moore said. “Whatever they tell me to do, I’m doing it like full speed.’’
Coughlin said the reports he received indicated Moore needed to pick up his work habits.
“I’m just repeating what was told to me,’’ Coughlin said. “But to his credit, he has come out and practiced hard. He kind of had a smile on his face. He has done what he was told to do. He is learning as he goes, obviously. So we would like to keep him that way — hungry and not sure.’’
Moore rushed the passer from a standing position his first two seasons at A&M before putting his hand on the ground this past season. Coming from Texas, he said he has tried to pattern his game after Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware.
Guilty as charged.