new york jets wide receiver Elijah Moore he will not play Sunday against the Denver Broncos, days after he reportedly requested a trade due to a lack of targets.
Moore requested the trade earlier in the week, frustrated by the lack of targets he has received in recent weeks.
Against Green Bay Packers in Week 6Moore was attacked only once, which was canceled out by a penalty.
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“We’ve had our conversations with Elijah,” Jets coach Robert Saleh said Friday. “Changing him is not an option. We will continue to work with him.”
“Elijah will not play this week,” Saleh continued. “He’s in the building, he’s excused from meetings.”
Saleh said Moore will rejoin the team on Monday.
Moore, who was drafted by the Jets in the second round of the 2021 NFL DraftHe was expected to have a great second season after putting up solid numbers in his rookie year.
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Moore had 43 receptions for 538 yards and five touchdowns in 2021, but his production has dropped significantly to start the 2022 season.
Moore has had just 16 catches for 203 yards and has been targeted 29 times in six games.
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The second-year wide receiver was excused from practice Thursday after he allegedly had a “blowout” with one of the Jets’ coaches.
“We love him. I know how important he is to this team,” quarterback Zach Wilson said Thursday after practice. “We’re going to do everything we can. We’re winning games, we’re having a lot of fun. All we can do is keep learning and growing and let him know that I need him.”
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New York is off to its best start since the 2015 season, winning three straight since a Week 3 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Ryan Morik of Fox News contributed to this report