Two weeks ago, safety Rahim Moore was replaced in the starting lineup by fellow rookie Quinton Carter.
This week, Carter is recovering from a concussion he suffered against the Lions and Moore is prepared to return to the starting lineup.
“We gave Quinton Carter an opportunity, and when Quinton went down, Rahim got another opportunity,” Head Coach John Fox said. “We feel very good about both of them. They’re both rookies that improve with every opportunity they get.”
Sunday’s game in Oakland is just that – another opportunity for Moore to prove himself.
And it was his recent removal from the starting lineup provided added motivation to get better and served as a reminder that he can handle adversity.
“Nothing’s going to be easy,” Moore said. “You’re going to go through some trials and tribulations, but it shows you how tough you are, how much you love the game and how much you want to help win. It doesn’t matter whether you’re on the field, the sidelines — it doesn’t matter what the case is — you can help in some way, and I try to get better every day and keep a positive attitude around here, because that’s what we need.”
When asked which areas of his game need improvement, Moore answered: “everything.”
The young safety said he thrives on film sessions, where he can see and correct his mistakes, and he insists his workmanlike approach won’t change — regardless of his role from week to week.
“I’m one of those guys that stays hungry; I always stay with a chip on my shoulder,” Moore said. “I’ve had previous situations when I was younger where people told me I’d never be anything in life, and look where I am now.
“I give it all I got in situations like this.”