Catching up on some items from the weekend, the Kansas City Chiefs placed fullback J.D. Moore on injured reserve, per the NFL’s Friday transactions report.
Moore cleared waivers and is back on the Chiefs, but he does not count against the 90-man roster. The Chiefs have yet to disclose the details of his injury.
An undrafted free agent out of LSU, Moore faced an uphill battle making the Chiefs this season with seven-year veteran FB Anthony Sherman’s stronghold on the starting position since 2013.
The Chiefs brought Sherman back on a one-year, $2 million deal for 2018, but he is set to become an unrestricted free agent once again in 2019. Sherman’s role on the Chiefs is primarily special teams, but he does get a handful of offensive plays here and there, usually in a blocking capacity (other than in the Anthony Sherman game, of course).
Sherman’s role and contract situation make Moore’s spot on the roster this season rather interesting for 2019. I’d guess the Chiefs have liked what they have seen, and as you can garner in the feature above, Moore is very smart.
Similar to the Chiefs’ doctor-offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, Moore took on “two full-time jobs” at LSU as a football walk-on and architecture major, maintained a 4.0 GPA and has been called one of the greatest student-athletes in the history of LSU.
Moore’s mental capacity bodes well for him taking in Andy Reid’s complex West Coast offense over the next season on the sideline recovering from his unknown injury. Moore played in 38 college games, starting 17 times (eight at fullback, nine at tight end), catching 19 passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns and rushing eight times for 18 yards.
Moore’s name is one to keep in the back of your mind for your 2019 53-man roster projections.