Sea­hawks’ Moore try­ing to move past tough loss to Charg­ers

The Idaho Statesman - - Nfl - BY TIM BOOTH

RENTON, WASH. David Moore tried his best not to let the fi­nal pass in Seat­tle’s loss to the Los An­ge­les Charg­ers last week bother him for long.

It’s not easy when it’s a throw that could have po­ten­tially tied the game and forced over­time, but in­stead bounced off Moore’s shoul­der and fell in­com­plete on the fi­nal play of Seat­tle’s 25-17 loss.

It was shown on seem­ingly ev­ery TV broad­cast play­ing high­lights of the game , and while it would have been an ex­cep­tion­ally dif­fi­cult catch af­ter get­ting tipped by a Charg­ers de­fen­sive back, Moore wishes he could have made the grab.

“I tried to stay away from it,” Moore said on Thurs­day. “Af­ter a while, I’d say Mon­day af­ter meet­ings, I tried to watch it and then I was like, ‘It’s over with now. I’m on to (the Rams).’ ”

The in­com­ple­tion was the most dif­fi­cult mo­ment the sec­ond-year wide re­ceiver has faced since be­com­ing part of Seat­tle’s wide re­ceiver ro­ta­tion. The Sea­hawks had an un­timed down from the 6-yard line need­ing a touch­down and a 2-point con­ver­sion to force over­time.

Quar­ter­back Rus­sell Wil­son stepped up away from the pass rush and Moore had flashed open run­ning across the back of the end zone.

Wil­son zipped his pass in Moore’s di­rec­tion, but just a cou­ple of yards away from find­ing the re­ceiver’s hands, the ball was tipped by the Charg­ers’ Jahleel Ad­dae. The tip slightly changed the tra­jec­tory of the pass and it started se­verely wob­bling off­line. Moore was un­able to ad­just his hands in time and the ball thud­ded off his shoul­der pads and to the turf.

“I (saw) it get tipped. I saw the dude come across and I tried to ad­just to it but it was a lit­tle bit too late,” Moore said. “It was a fast­ball com­ing in hot, get­ting touched, it’s kind of hard to get your hands where it needs to be af­ter that.”

Moore said he spent time Sun­day night won­der­ing if there are even drills to mimic hav­ing a pass change as that one did so close to the re­ceiver.

“It’s a re­ally tough catch. He’s track­ing the ball, he sees it com­ing and all of a sud­den the ball takes kind of a strange turn,” Seat­tle of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Brian Schot­ten­heimer said. “He was re­ally de­jected, re­ally up­set. Got a chance to talk to him af­ter the game, said a lot of things still had to hap­pen. That wasn’t the rea­son we won or lost that game, but it was a very dif­fi­cult play.”

Moore’s de­vel­op­ment has been one of the big sto­ries of the sea­son for Seat­tle. His pro­gres­sion from an un­known sev­enth-round pick in 2017 to be­com­ing the Sea­hawks’ No. 3 re­ceiver was so rapid Seat­tle felt com­fort­able re­leas­ing vet­eran Bran­don Mar­shall last week to open a ros­ter spot.

While it wasn’t a dropped pass, the fi­nal play is the first ma­jor ad­ver­sity Moore has faced this sea­son. He said the emo­tional mo­ment was quickly put in per­spec­tive.

“At first I took it kind of hard, but then I had Doug (Bald­win) and Tyler (Lock­ett) and all the broth­ers and stuff, and all the coaches tell me stuff like this hap­pens all the time,” Moore said.

JOSHUA BES­SEX joshua.bes­sex@gate­line.com

Sea­hawks safety Tedric Thomp­son con­soles wide re­ceiver David Moore (83) af­ter Sun­day’s loss to the Charg­ers in Seat­tle.

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