Once A Colts Afterthought, Kenny Moore Is A Vital Cog To The Indy Defense

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Once A Colts Afterthought, Kenny Moore Is A Vital Cog To The Indy Defense

Even with two draft selections at cornerback in 2019, there’s no denying the importance that Kenny Moore brings to the Colts defense.

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INDIANAPOLISThe baby face hasn’t changed much.

 

Maybe it’s the braces for Kenny Moore that still has him sticking out amongst those in an NFL locker room.

 

By the metrics, Moore does not fall in line with the rest of the Colts cornerbacks.

 

One of the smallest players on the roster, Moore (5-9 and 190 pounds) had zero contact with the Colts during the 2017 draft process.

 

Moore actually worked out in Indianapolis leading into the 2017 draft, because his agent representation is based here locally.

 

Undrafted in 2017, Moore signed as an UDFA with the New England Patriots and made a strong impression on head coach Bill Belichick.

 

But when roster numbers got complicated for the Patriots they had to cut Moore at the end of the 2017 preseason.

 

That’s when the Colts, with some needed coaxing from their scouting department, jumped on Moore.

 

A September waiver claim has turned into one of the team’s most vital players in terms of responsibility and dependability.

 

“Versatile and consistent and then just a leader,” Frank Reich said late last year about Moore. “I just remember early on in the season, even in the offseason, the way our defensive coaches would talk about Kenny, you could tell early on he was going to be this kind of a player, this kind of a leader. He was consistent in the offseason, he was consistent in Training Camp and he’s been consistent all year. I just think he has grown as a player, as a leader. He’s just playing with a lot of confidence. You just feel his presence out there with the plays he’s making and with how he carries himself.”

 

Moore is headed towards a future second contract with the Colts (he is a 2020 restricted free agent), as he was this team’s top cornerback in 2018 and also was the best slot corner on the roster.

 

The staff is obsessed with how Moore handles his business, and have to love how the 23-year-old is looking at his third season in the league.

 

“Just to become more of a leader and clean up the little things,” the quieter Moore says. “I just want to do the ordinary things better than anybody else. Just clean up the little things and become a leader in the room.” 

 

Take out Quenton Nelson and Andrew Luck, and no Colts player logged more snaps on the field last year than Moore.

 

Nelson and Luck’s contract last year added up to $28,743,437.

 

Moore’s was $555,000.

 

Unheralded? Yes.

 

But there’s no denying the importance of Kenny Moore.

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