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Last week the San Francisco 49ers added another defensive lineman to the organization, but don’t expect Damontre Moore to make a big splash for the defense. Moore is a lot like many of the smaller headline signings since John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan took over the 49ers.
He was expected to be a top ten pick when he came out of college in 2012 but dropped to pick 81 in the third round, where the New York Giants selected him. His drop came from a poor combine (beware this story Jachai Polite) where he put up only 12 reps on the bench press and ran a 4.93 40-yard dash. He never amounted to a full-time player with the Giants. He bounced around to the Dolphins, Seahawks, Cowboys, and the Raiders before finding himself in the AAF league.
At 6’4” and 260 pounds, Moore has always had the athleticism to make plays; he just hasn’t broken any starting lineups in the league to prove himself. In 54 career NFL games he has recorded 10 sacks and 63 tackles, but a reputation of having a bad attitude has followed him, being too much to balance out his low on field contributions.
The 49ers signed him to a one-year prove-it type of deal, so there is a possibility that he doesn’t make it out of camp. With the logjam of talented players and high draft picks in front of him, it will be hard for him to see the field for any significant game time. The only way that Moore ends up getting playing time is if the team attempts to turn him into a Sam linebacker, which there is no indication they are.
Moore will, more or less, be a camp body to rush against the second- and third-string offensive line. He is an athletic player who the 49ers will give an opportunity to latch on and prove himself with no real expectations that he will be on the roster come Week 1.
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