Fellow drafted rookies Damontre Moore and Cooper Taylor teamed up to make Giants.com’s No. 3 play of the year. In the first quarter of the Giants’ Week 10 matchup against Oakland, Moore broke free to block Marquette King’s punt, which took a fortunate bounce in Taylor’s direction. In stride, Taylor scooped it up and ran 21 yards for the score.
Moore lines up over the long snapper’s right shoulder while Taylor stands two gaps over on the right side with Mark Herzlich in between.
Lining up behind Herzlich, Ryan Mundy rushes to the left of Moore, drawing the attention of both the opposing lineman and punt protector.
A chip isn’t enough to slow down Moore as the line parts, creating an open lane to get to the punter.
As he had done twice already earlier in the season (once in the preseason), Moore finds the hole and uses his speed to block the punt.
Blocked near Oakland’s 35-yard line, the ball bounces back to the 21, where Taylor scoops it up.
The cavalry comes, and Taylor runs it into the end zone untouched. The touchdown ties the game 7-7 as the Giants go on to win their third-straight contest, 24-20.The Get-off:
“I work on my get-off and just go out there and play as hard as I can and listen to the scheme and try to execute to the best of my abilities, and hopefully things will happen,” Moore said after the game. “Things have been happening, so who am I to doubt them now, so I just want to keep on going.”The Sound:
“A lot of the times with those punt blocks, you can hear it,” Taylor said at the time. “It’s the first thing you do because you’re getting blocked [on the line]. I definitely heard it, it was the first thing, and then I saw the ball right in front of me.”