Jordan Moore has had quite the journey to the NFL. After a lackluster three years at TCU, Moore transferred to LSU and joined their track and field program, winning SEC titles in both the 60-meter and 110-meter hurdle events.
As a graduate transfer, Moore switched his allegiance back to the gridiron and followed Frank Wilson from LSU to UTSA, immediately climbing the depth chart to become the Roadrunners starting strong safety and a frequent contributor on special teams, finishing the year as an All-C-USA Honorable Mention selection.
Moore received interest from a handful of NFL teams in the spring and eventually signed with his hometown Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent on April 30.
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- Team: Atlanta Falcons
- Position: Safety
- Experience: Rookie (Undrafted)
ATLANTA FALCONS STRONG SAFETY DEPTH
- Keanu Neal, 1 year experience
- Sharrod Neasman, 1 year experience
- Jordan Moore, Rookie (Undrafted)
- Quincy Mauger, Rookie (Undrafted)
- Deron Washington, Rookie (Undrafted)
The Falcons have a clear #1 strong safety in 2016 first-rounder Keanu Neal, but the backup spot is up for grabs heading into preseason.
Moore’s stiffest competition will likely come from second-year player Sharrod Neasman, who spent part of last year on the practice squad before being called up to the active roster and being used sparingly, to the tune of 21 defensive snaps and 41 special teams, all in the final three weeks of the season.
Atlanta was clearly looking for some competition for Neasman in the offseason, signing three undrafted free agents, including Georgia standout Quincy Mauger.
With his combination of physicality and speed, Moore could prove to be a valuable contributor on special teams, and considering how little the #2 strong safety was called upon last season, the Falcons may just be looking for a guy like Moore as primarily a special teamer who can also fill in at strong safety in a pinch.
Odds to make 53-man roster: 40%
Jordan Moore and the Falcons will be in action this Thursday night as they travel to Miami to face the Dolphins, before heading to Pittsburgh for a live NFL Network game in Week 2.
ATLANTA FALCONS PRESEASON SCHEDULE
(all times Central)
Thursday, Aug. 10
Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins, 6 p.m.
– NFL Network re-air: Saturday, Aug. 12, 8:30 a.m.
Sunday, Aug. 20
Atlanta Falcons at Pittsburgh Steelers, 3 p.m. (NFL Network)
Saturday, Aug. 26
Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons, 6 p.m.
– NFL Network re-air: Sunday, Aug. 27, 1:30 a.m.
Thursday, Aug. 31
Jacksonville Jaguars at Atlanta Falcons, 6 p.m.
– NFL Network re-air: Saturday, Sep. 2, 1:30 a.m.