Coming off the practice field this past Saturday, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll expressed excitement about the way Damontre Moore performed after signing onto the team's 53-man active roster earlier in the week, with Carroll stating, "he's going to be really part of the game" against the Bills.
Sure enough, when the Seahawks lined up against Buffalo on Monday Night Football at CenturyLink Field, the newly-signed defensive end made his presence felt, recording three total tackles, two of which went for loss as he brought down shifty runner LeSean McCoy behind the line of scrimmage. With fellow defensive end Michael Bennett sidelined by a knee injury, Moore ended up playing 37 total snaps (43 percent) for the Seahawks defense less than a week after joining the club.
"We were really excited about Damontre in practice this week," Carroll said following his team's 31-25 win. "I don't know how he was sitting out there [as a free agent], but I thought he looked pretty active and looked pretty good."
The 6-foot-4, 260-pound fourth-year pro Moore, who wears No. 97 for the Seahawks, signed his deal with Seattle one week ago today. He was a third-round pick by the New York Giants in the 2013 draft after he enjoyed an All-American year at Texas A&M. He spent three seasons with the Giants, appearing in 42 games while notching 70 tackles and 8.5 sacks and he also saw time with the Miami Dolphins in 2015 and Oakland Raiders during training camp this past summer. Heading into Seattle's Week 9 game against the Bills, Moore admitted he "didn't have any expectations."
"I just came in here, learned my scheme, and coach said they probably would have to call on me," Moore recalled postgame. "I said I don't want to let this opportunity slip away, and be as best prepared as I could be."
Moore's two tackles for loss against Buffalo came with less than five minutes to play in the game as Seattle was holding onto a six-point lead. He brought down the Bills' McCoy for a loss of two on third-and-long to help force a Buffalo punt, and later stuffed McCoy for minus-1 just before the two-minute warning.
"It was one of those things where you're sitting at home and you're waiting for a call and once you finally get a call, you start thinking if you're ready," Moore said. "You've been out of the game too long and I've been preparing. All I can do is go out there and play to the best of my abilities. The guys here welcomed me with open arms and I was able to learn the scheme."
Added defensive end Frank Clark of Moore's first action in Seahawks blue and green: "He played his heart out. At the end of the day, for him to come in and not know the program or the system, we have to take the lead and have him follow us. He did a great job of that."
Carroll said the Seahawks worked out Moore earlier this season, but weren't able to make a move to add him to the roster until last week. Thus far, the early returns have worked in Seattle's favor.
"That's just a stupendous job by [general manager] John [Schneider] to figure that out and find that guy for us," Carroll said. "Because he helped us tonight."
See some of the action from Monday Night Football, Seahawks vs Bills during Week 9 at CenturyLink Field.