Colts DB Kenny Moore II is playing elite again and it's happening at the perfect time

Kenny Moore II is once again an elite player for the Indianapolis Colts and this resurgence couldn’t have come at a better time for the veteran defensive back.
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On Sunday, Kenny Moore II led the Indianapolis Colts to a 27-13 victory over the Carolina Panthers. With a lot of his family in attendance, Moore recorded eight tackles, two pass deflections, and had two pick sixes. He became the first player in franchise history to record two pick sixes in a game, and was essentially the difference in the final score.

While returning two interceptions for touchdowns in a game is rare, Moore has been playing pretty good all season. Starting all nine games, Moore has 61 tackles, seven for a loss, 1.5 sacks, five pass deflections, and three interceptions. It has been a tremendous bounce-back season after Moore’s down year in 2022.

He’s playing so well that he has already surpassed his production from last season, despite playing three less games. In 12 games last season, Moore had just 65 tackles, four for a loss, one sack, four pass deflections, and zero interceptions. That’s why Moore had some tough conversations with the organization this offseason.

Those conversations included talks with defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, so that Moore’s ability could be maximized in Bradley’s system. The two are now on the same page and it’s showing. This elite play couldn’t have come at a better time for Moore, as he’s in the final season of his contract.

Kenny Moore II returned to elite status for his contract year

The Colts made Moore the highest-paid slot corner in the league back in 2019, however, he eventually outplayed the contract. That’s why Moore went to the team after his 2021 Pro Bowl season asking for a new deal. However, the Colts refused to negotiate since there were two years remaining on the contract. Moore followed that up with an underwhelming season, and suddenly, his future with Indy came into question.

Now, everything is back on track. Kenny Moore II is back to playing like one of the best defenders in the league and he should be in line for another big contract. The only question is if that contract will come from the Colts. While Indy definitely needs to keep Kenny, the team has a ton of guys who will be free agents this offseason. Kenny Moore II should definitely be one that Indianapolis tries to re-sign.