NFL Insider Brutally Rips Browns Wide Receiver For Effort Level

Elijah Moore, Cleveland Browns
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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Elijah Moore has not been participating in organized team activities this offseason, which sparked some questions concerning his effort level.

Moore is heading into the final year of his deal and could very well be angling for a new contract, but Jay Crawford of The Ultimate Cleveland Sports Show is making it seem like the pass-catcher could be waiting a long time to get paid if he continues this pattern of behavior.

“I have had many conversations with coaches and general managers who have been in the room when [roster cuts] are discussed. What always comes up for roster spots 42 to 53 is effort. And he doesn’t get to check that box right now,” Crawford said of Moore. “He’s not doing himself any favors. As an organization, I’m sure the Browns are looking at it and saying, ‘interesting choice.’ If I’m Elijah Moore and I’m making daily decisions on my future, the one decision I don’t have to think about is being there. If you’re not present, you’re absent.”

It certainly is an interesting choice given that the Browns swung a trade for fellow wide out Jerry Jeudy earlier this offseason, likely moving Moore down to third on the depth chart with Amari Cooper at the top of the food chain.

You would think Moore would want to give everything he has to beat out Jeudy for the No. 2 receiver role, because there could actually be a legitimate competition there.

After all, Jeudy has been a disappointment thus far in his NFL career, and Moore did establish himself as a reliable receiver in his first season in Cleveland last year after hauling in 59 receptions for 640 yards and a couple of touchdowns.

But apparently, Moore has other ideas.

The 24-year-old, who played his collegiate football at the University of Mississippi, was originally selected by the New York Jets in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

He played in 11 games during his rookie campaign, catching 43 passes for 538 yards and five scores. Then, in his sophomore season, Moore appeared in 16 contests and snared 37 balls for 446 yards while reaching the end zone once.

The Jets traded Moore to the Browns last March.

“You set an example by showing up,” Crawford added.

Well, Moore certainly hasn’t done that thus far.

Cleveland will run a second round of OTAs starting on Tuesday. Mandatory workouts don’t begin until June 11, so we’ll see if Moore decides to participate in anything voluntary until then.

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