Safety Rahim Moore isn’t slow to admit that at times, he struggled last year.
“I’ve had some good and bad (experiences), majority bad,” Moore laughed.
He’s over it. The only reason Moore looks back on his 2011 season is to learn from it.
“You just get better,” Moore said. “You watch (the film), but at the same time you have to move on. It’s not like you harp or get mad about it. You just get better. Because at the same time, there were some advantages that I didn’t have last year compared to previous rookies. Now, it’s no excuses. I’m just trying to make plays and win games. That’s it.”
As a rookie, Moore started the first five regular season games last year for the Broncos, but then just two of the final 11 games. Fellow rookie Quinton Carter replaced him at the starting safety position. But with the first official depth chart almost a week old, the former UCLA Bruin is back at No. 1 and playing with the first unit.
“Now, I’m inspired,” Moore said. “I’m more inspired and more motivated than I’ve ever been. Last year, I was training just to get ready for the NFL. This year, I’m training for an NFL season. It’s a difference.”
Although Carter is out with an injury, Moore said he expects him to return “fully strong, fully healthy, and ready to roll.” With Carter’s return will be some competition for playing time at safety. But for Moore, competition is nothing new, and certainly nothing negative.
“(The competition) isn’t only with me and him, but across the country,” Moore said. “I’m competing with guys out here on this team, the other 32 teams, even guys in high school and college. This is a competitive world. It’s America. Everybody’s competing at something. It helps with me and (Quinton) but at the same time, you want to compete with yourself.”
Moore said earlier in camp that he was receiving some advice from former Broncos safeties Brian Dawkins and John Lynch.
But with Dawkins’ retirement this offseason, he’s taken ninth-year safety Mike Adams as a mentor in the secondary.
“(He has taught me) so much,” Moore said. “I learn stuff from him every day, every meeting. I ask him more questions than anybody I’ve ever asked.
He’s been a blessing in my life. I really thank God for him.”
Shared knowledge has been a great tool for Moore’s progression this offseason. Though he’ll continue to absorb as much as he can from Broncos’ veterans and coaches, the second-year safety believes he is fully equipped to be the Broncos’ starting safety in 2012.
“A lot of guys help me out, and it’s been a long process,” Moore said. “But I’m ready.”