This portion of the NFL offseason typically struggles to produce content, as teams are currently gearing up for training camp, which will kick off in a few weeks.
The Indianapolis Colts are no different right now, as the most intriguing storyline surrounding the team is who’s in contention to be cut after camp. Besides that, there’s nothing really going on with head coach Frank Reich’s side at the moment.
When you consider teams that are stealing headlines around this time seem to be dealing with some semblance of drama — the Patriots and Packers, to name a few — it’s probably a good thing it’s mostly all quiet in Colts land right now.
Anyway, you know what a lack of content means? Reacting to offseason lists, which continue to disrespect Indianapolis’ best players.
The latest, produced by ESPN, ranked the top 10 cornerbacks in the league for next season. Not only did Kenny Moore not even sniff the list (OK, fine), but the slot star wasn’t even named as one of the six (!) honorable mentions.
If this doesn’t prove slot CBs don’t get enough love, nothing does.
Colts’ Kenny Moore deserves more recognition as a top-tier cornerback.
We get it, alright. Perimeter cornerbacks get the most love because they’re tasked with defending some of the most physically imposing receivers in the NFL, including Julio Jones, Davante Adams, DeAndre Hopkins, DK Metcalf and AJ Brown, among others.
Because of that, slot corners get grossly overlooked. But it’s not like they’re going up against scrubs. If you take a look at some of the best slot WRs in the game, you have Tyreek Hill, Keenan Allen, Tyler Lockett, Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen and Cooper Kupp.
What about guys like Chris Godwin, Robert Woods, JuJu Smith-Schuster, CeeDee Lamb and Jarvis Landry? The last time we checked, they’re pretty damn good, and Moore has thoroughly dominated defending that caliber of receiver over the last few seasons.
Not only is Moore one of the best lockdown corners in the league, he’s arguably the most complete player at his position. From defending WRs of all shapes and sizes and being a vacuum against the run, the 25-year-old does a little bit of everything for the Colts.
As if that wasn’t enough, Moore has 14 tackles for loss, six sacks, 11 QB hits and 16 pressures across his first four seasons. He even wreaks havoc in the backfield! What more does he have to do to get more recognition as one of the best pound-for-pound CBs out there?
According to ESPN, he’d probably have to switch positions, and that’s just wrong. If you don’t feel comfortable putting Moore inside the top 10, that’s fine. But for him to not even crack an honorable mention is criminal and proves there’s a national bias against slot cornerbacks.