New York Jets add a rookie offensive lineman
The New York Jets announced on Monday that they exchanged one undrafted blocker for another, claiming David Moore off waivers from the Carolina Panthers. In a corresponding move, the team waived Teton Saltes with an injury designation, which means he could return on injured reserve if he clears waivers.
We've claimed OL David Moore and waived OL Teton Saltes.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) August 9, 2021
Moore signed with the Panthers after going undrafted out of Grambling State. The Tigers’ 2020 season was delayed until spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic but Moore decided to opt out of the campaign and focus on preparing for the draft.
Moore partook in the Senior Bowl in Mobile. He represented the American squad, which was overseen by the Panthers’ coaching staff. During the pandemic-induced pause, Moore trained with Hall of Fame blocker Bruce Matthews.
Senior Bowl: David Moore climbing off the OZ combo, tossing, and finishing a LB in 9-on-7 yesterday. pic.twitter.com/WuivQGDuct
— Brandon Thorn (@BrandonThornNFL) January 27, 2021
After primarily working as a left guard at Grambling, Moore served as a center in Mobile. He wound up winning the Practice Player of the Week award, voted as such by the defenders he went up against throughout the week.
“Playing out of his normal position, he’s looked really good at center,” draft analyst Devin Jackson said of Moore’s Mobile performance. Matt Lane added that Moore was “moving DTs around at will and locking them in place as soon as they try to work and counter”, per Habtom Kaleta of Grambling media relations.
Moore only played against one FBS team in the 2019 season, the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (who went 9-3 that season), and he played well in that game, allowing zero pressures in pass protection. The rest of Moore’s contests were against FCS competition.
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Teton Saltes’ injury results in an abrupt release
Saltes was one of the first rookie free agents that Joe Douglas and the Jets signed after the draft, briefly working with the team after a four-year career at New Mexico. He suffered what head coach Robert Saleh described as a knee injury during Saturday’s Green & White scrimmage at MetLife Stadium.
Saleh stated that Saltes, a former defender, would undergo further evaluation, per notes from the Jets. Since Saltes was waived with an injury designation, he can return to the Jets on IR if he clears waivers.
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags