2021 Second-Round Pick: Elijah Moore
Brian Costello, New York Post: Hey, Elijah. Congratulations. How interested did you think the Jets were during the pre-draft process? Did you get a good feeling from them? Just what was your interaction like?
Man, we talked a couple of times, but really, I didn’t know where nothing was going to go. It was just kind of up in the air, but I’m just being honest, I’m more than grateful. I’m blessed. I can’t thank God enough.
Brian Costello, New York Post: Was it tough last night, Elijah? They showed your house a few times on the broadcast. Was it tough sitting there? I know some people thought you were going to go earlier than this. What was that experience like?
Nah, definitely super tough. But I leave everything to God. I woke up in the morning, it’s a new day, it’s a new blessing. And God makes no mistakes, so he put me in a spot to showcase my talent and showcase who I am as a person. So, I’m just ready for what’s next.
DJ Bien-Aime, New York Daily News: Elijah, your route running is exceptional, the way you get in and out of your breaks. What makes you such a good route runner?
I feel like I just understand the craft. I just feel like football and being a receiver is just more than just catching the ball and just running. I feel like you got to understand what you’re doing, and just the art of getting open. So, I just take more pride into it. It’s a lot more that goes on out there then just what everybody sees on the TV. If they really understood, they would think it’s something beautiful.
Connor Hughes, The Athletic: Elijah, how much of your game is after the catch? How much do you pride yourself on what you’re able to do once the ball is in your hands?
A whole bunch, I turn into a running back. I played running back my entire life so, really, after the catch is what I do. So, I’m more than comfortable doing any of that.
Joey Chandler, NJ Advance Media: What are you most looking forward to in terms of being teamed up with Zach Wilson?
Oh, man. He’s got a great arm, I’m ready to catch a lot of touchdowns.
J.P. Pelzman, Forbes: Elijah, how good a fit do you think you are in this Shanahan-style offense?
A great fit. I feel like I’m a person that adapts to anything. So, whatever it is, I’m going to be able to adjust and just get the job done.
Rich Cimini, ESPN: Elijah, are there any slot receivers in the league that you’ve patterned yourself after?
Oh, man. It’s not even just slots, it’s just a lot of receivers in general that I look up at. Man, I could write a whole list. But, man, it’s just a whole bunch of people. I mean, we all steal from each other, we live in a copycat world, we all learn from each other to be great. That’s how football is.
Brian Costello, New York Post: Elijah, what did you learn from the incident in the Egg Bowl a couple of years ago?
Man, countless things. You got to learn how to be a man and just when emotions get high, and situations get high, just to be under control. You got to best believe that moving forward, that being in that position again, I’m going to think about that. So, it was definitely a blessing in disguise. I probably got more out of it and I would never change it for the world. If I had to do it over again, I would, if I would understand and be in the position I am now.
Rich Cimini, ESPN: Did the Jets ask you about that in your Zoom calls with them?
Yes. Everybody did. And I was expecting them to. They want to see what type of person they’re getting.
Joey Chandler, NJ Advance Media: You mentioned you’re very close to your mom. Your bio said you consider her your best friend. So, what’s this experience been like to share with her?
It’s been everything. To see her smile, to see her son be successful, I think that’s all parents want. You know, so having an opportunity to see my mom smile and cry is everything I’ve always wanted. It wasn’t just me that worked so hard, it was her as well. So definitely a blessing. I give everything to God.
Rich Cimini, ESPN: Elijah, you were putting up some amazing numbers last year. You were breaking records and then you opted out for the last two games. Could you just say what went into that decision to sit out the last two?
I really just felt like having my teammates and Coach (Lane) Kiffin and just everybody around the building telling me that, giving me the confidence that it was time. Everyone has to be smart, and having the support of my head coach, my receiver coaches, the whole building, and then my teammates, it was everything I needed. So, I’m just blessed that it went the way it did and I developed those relationships over the last year.
Andy Vasquez, The Record: You kind of lined up all over the place in college in the slot outside. Do you view yourself as a slot guy, an outside guy in the pros? And what did other teams, or the Jets, tell you they viewed you as?
I play receiver. Wherever you need me, I’m going to get the job done. So, people are going to say slot, and you’re going to say wide out. Call me what you want. I’m going to get the job done. So, that’s all I can say.
DJ Bien-Aime, New York Daily News: Elijah, you’re entering to a room that has Corey Davis, Jamison Crowder, Denzel Mims. How excited are you to get into a room that has a lot of talented receivers?
Man, I’m ready. I’m definitely open-minded, ready to learn from them, pick their brains, and build off each other. That’s really what it’s about, a team, and we work together.