Early praise doesn’t go to rookie OLB Dezman Moses’ head
Green Bay Press-Gazette
~The minicamp completed and first impression made, Dezman Moses rounded up his things and headed back home to Willlingboro, N.J.
During those tireless weeks of the Green Bay Packers’ offseason program, the 6-foot-2, 249-pound outside linebacker impressed both coaches and pundits alike with his physicality, high ceiling and general ability to pressure the quarterback.
Moses’ performance even drew praise from defensive coordinator Dom Capers, who raved about his instincts and ability to pick things up quickly.
Sure, it all built his confidence, but Moses made it a point to leave the adulation in Green Bay. After all, NFL roster spots aren’t given away in June – they’re earned in August.
“That was a nice starting point, but it means nothing until it’s the first week of the regular season,” Moses said. “You can’t let it go to your head because it means nothing. You have a bad camp and it could be over, and I understand that. It’s really a motivating thing, but at the same time, I understand what the situation is. I understand what I’m up against.”
After going undrafted out of Tulane, the 23-year-old Moses fielded a handful of NFL offers, but sought out the Packers because of their 3-4 defense.
Moses was an undersized 4-3 defensive lineman at Tulane but still thrived en route to becoming the program’s fifth all-time leader in career sacks (15½) in only two seasons. Still, Moses always felt he was more suited to play linebacker, the position he originally signed up for at the University of Iowa before transferring after his sophomore year.
He got that opportunity in Green Bay, a place that’s been a recent haven for late-round or undrafted rookie linebackers. Last season, two players – Vic So’oto and Jamari Lattimore – not only made the team following the lockout, but remained on the active roster throughout the season.
With a full offseason to prepare, why couldn’t Moses be next?
“He has that hunger and passion inside of him and that drives him,” Packers outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene said. “He’s a fine young man and he’s extremely coachable.
He has a good heart and I put a lot of stock in the heart. That’s the people who I want to surround myself with, and if you’re a hard worker, you have a chance.”
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