New York Jets wide receiver Elijah Moore hasn't been pleased by his lack of involvement in the offense. And there's no sign of his numbers improving on Sunday -- or anytime soon, for that matter. Moore, who was sent home from practice on Thursday due to voiced frustrations with his role, won't be active for the Jets' upcoming road matchup against the Denver Broncos. The move was announced by head coach Robert Saleh on Friday.
In addition to missing Thursday's practice, the 22-year-old wideout reportedly requested a trade. Saleh told reporters on Friday that the Jets won't grant the request, as they hope their differences can be worked out. So, while the Jets battle the Broncos, Moore will spend time at their practice facility. And he'll be missed by his teammates, including star defensive tackle Quinnen Williams.
"I can always be a teammate and be here to listen -- do the things I can do to help him out, let him understand that he belongs on this team, "Williams told The Zach Gelb Show on Friday. "That we need him on this team to be a team we want to be in the future and we want to be now... I know it's hard on him. But, anything he needs, I've got him. We all love him and we all need him...
"We all understand the player he is, and the player we need him to be to take over the team, and be a huge culture-changer to this team... All that I can do is respect his decision, and whatever he wants to do. Just let him know that, he's a big part of this team. He's a big teammate for me. And that he's a huge playmaker and football player..."
Moore, who was selected in the second round of the 2021 draft, has racked up 741 receiving yards on 59 catches with five touchdowns across 17 career games. He's been targeted only 29 times thru six games this season, and in the Jets' win over the Green Bay Packers last week, he played a season-low 32 snaps. After the game, Moore voiced confusion about his role via Twitter.
The Jets (4-2), which have emerged as an early playoff contender, are slated to kick off against the Broncos (2-4) at 4:05 p.m. ET on Sunday. According to FiveThirtyEight's projections, New York has a 38-percent chance to reach the playoffs and a 5-percent chance to win the AFC East. The entire conversation between Williams and Gelb can be accessed in the audio player above.