For a friendly wideout quick to smile,
To wit: Moore started the 49ers first two preseason games – but was discouraged by his lack of playing time in them.
Also: Moore was featured at the wide receiver position – but was disappointed not to be lining up on special teams.
“That’s part of being a football player,” Moore said. “You always want to think about the stuff that you did wrong – you're never going to think about the stuff you did right.”
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We’ll do it for him. Moore started again on Sunday in San Francisco’s 34-14 home win over Minnesota and caught three passes before exiting. “Catching the rock,” he said, was at the front of his mind.
So how did he evaluate his own performance?
Yes, he was targeted a team-high seven times – but he only came away with three catches.
And, yeah, he hauled in those balls for 32 yards – be he didn’t shimmy out of enough tackles.
There were times, Moore added, when he was rushing through his routes, not taking his time. He was dissapointed in himself. This much was clear.
“I just wanted to be able to go out there and get into a groove because going into the regular season, if you don’t see the field a lot, you’re going to go in a little bit rusty, so I wanted to get hit, hit somebody, get some of the rust knocked off like I usually do,” he said. “I just got playing time (on Sunday), really.”
Forgive Moore for what could easily be perceived as pessimism. The fourth-year pro was cut loose by the Miami Dolphins this offseason before jumping on the 49ers overtures “like a fish biting on bait.”
With the Dolphins, he was a constant on special teams -- but was constantly fighting for more acclaim with the offense.
That said, he scoffed at the notion that his expectations have been met so far in San Francisco. Like his coach, Jim Harbaugh, Moore shudders at the thought of being comfortable where he is. He is not comfortable.
“One expectation will be met if I’m still here when the final 53 is here,” Moore said of the regular-season roster, which will be finalized on Saturday. “Then after that I got a whole new set of goals for myself to achieve. Expectations are never really met.”