Kansas City Chiefs rookie receiver Skyy Moore had just two snaps against the Los Angeles Chargers last week, and both came into last possession during the knee-downs.
That’s not a scenario likely to happen again, Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy said Thursday.
“I guarantee he will see more than two shots over the course of the season as we keep moving forward because the kid is bringing a lot to the table,” said Bieniemy. “Obviously he’s doing a great job in special teams, but it’s also time for us to make sure we let him become the player he needs to become a receiver as well.”
Moore, one of the Chiefs’ second-round draft picks in April, impressed during training camp and also played 13 snaps with a 30-yard reception during the team’s season-opening Arizona victory. He also serves as the team’s primary punt returner, where his 8-yard average ranks sixth in the AFC.
However, the attacking snaps weren’t there last Thursday in a crucial early game against a top enemy of AFC West.
“Just waiting for my time. I’m not worried about anything,” Moore told The Star in his locker on Thursday. “I know that coach has a plan. Everyone has a plan. So I just let them lead the way.”
Three weeks ago, before the season started, Moore stated that one of his goals was to try and get it so that he thought less on the field. Getting to that point, he thought, would allow him to play instinctively, a spot that allowed him to stand out during his final seasons in Western Michigan.
For now, Moore believes processing remains his biggest obstacle to earning more snaps.
“As I get sharper with the mental aspect of the crime,” Moore said, “I’ll be able to show off my physical skills.”
Coaches and teammates say they’ve seen him work relentlessly to make a profit in that area.
Bieniemy specifically complimented Moore on Thursday, saying, “I like the way he works.”
Chiefs receiver Justin Watson, meanwhile, has noticed that Moore is typically one of the last guys off the practice field after spending extra time with the quarterbacks.
“He’s doing everything right,” Watson said, “and I know if he keeps doing that, he’s going to have a really good year.”
Watson took no further credit for Moore on Thursday, calling him “the best rookie receiver I’ve had in my five years.”
“I think you see — he’s got it all: hands, he’s got long arms to go up and get passes, he’s explosive, good after the catch,” Watson said. “So I think he has a very, very bright future this year and moving forward in this competition.”
Watson also noted Moore’s strong work ethic, saying that he had seen him spend extra time with receivers coach Joe Bleymaier learning the playbook and also the differences between a college and a pro system. Watson credited Moore for doing a “phenomenal job” of picking up the plays after a few months with the team.
“I don’t even think the plan last week was for him to just play two plays. Just had some injuries, guys getting beat up, nicked, short week. I think it was a one-time thing,” Watson said. “He’s a big part of what we want to do on offense.”
Coach Andy Reid said on Wednesday that Moore was “doing a good job” while indicating that he would gradually become more involved in the offensive game plan as the season progressed.
For his part, Moore said he wanted to get better prepared each week, while remaining ready to “let it go” whenever he got his chance.
However, was it difficult to remain patient in the meantime?
Moore smiled Thursday and said no.
“Not really in a team like this. We are a Super Bowl team. I can’t be mad,” Moore said. “So I just have to wait my turn.”