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INDIANAPOLIS – He’s the smallest cornerback on the Colts, by two inches, yet he might be the team’s most important corner.
That would be Kenny Moore, who stands 5-9 and weighs 190 pounds.
Throughout Training Camp, Moore was a pretty consistent presence in the starting lineup.
When the Colts would go to their nickel look, Moore would stay on the field, sliding into that slot role.
What Moore lacks in size, he clearly makes up for with other techniques and attributes that have the staff always speaking highly of the second-year corner.
“Kenny is the prototype player of what we are looking for – the toughness, smart, just his approach, the attitude and his approach to work every day and just showing a level of consistency whether he’s outside, inside,” head coach Frank Reich says.
Moore was an undrafted free agent of the New England Patriots last year.
The Valdosta State product was waived by the Patriots at the end of the preseason. The Colts immediately claimed Moore to their 53-man roster.
After playing mostly on special teams to start his rookie season, Moore actually started the final five games of 2017.
He clearly left a strong impression on the staff.
As the Colts changed defensive systems and largely ignored cornerback throughout the offseason (no re-sign of Rashaan Melvin, no draft picks at corner, no signing of Bashaud Breeland), the little-known Moore was ascending up the depth chart.
“I love Kenny Moore,” Chris Ballard said before the start of Training Camp. “I think Kenny Moore has a chance to be a really, really good player.”
Just how good Moore can be remains to be seen.
The current makeup at the corner position has the Colts without a definite No. 1 or 2 guy. It was a group that lacked playmaking during the practice time at Grand Park.
But Moore was out there every day, rocking his new No. 23 jersey, lining up outside and inside and holding his own.
T.Y. Hilton calls the smaller Moore ‘scrappy.’
Moore is just fine with that description.
“That’s a synonym for physical,” Moore says.
“I think you have to have that to counter the height.”