According to PFF, their advanced grading metrics matched everyone’s eyeballs, as Indianapolis Colts’ standout cornerback Kenny Moore II was their highest graded cornerback—following his Week 13 heroics during the Colts’ convincing win against the Houston Texans on Sunday:
The highest-graded CB in Week 13— PFF (@PFF) December 6, 2021
Kenny Moore ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/mpssAXlZg9
In fact, Moore was not only the highest graded cornerback, but had the second highest overall grade of any NFL player on Sunday given by PFF—cornerback or not.
Moore finished with 4 tackles (3 solo), 2 passes defensed, a forced fumble, and this impressive interception—which kicked things off quite well for the Colts:
Specifically in coverage, via PFF, he was targeted 6 times for 2 receptions (33.3% reception rate), 17 passing yards, an interception, a pass breakup, and an allowed NFL passer rating of just *checks notes* 2.8 (yikes!) against the Texans.
On the season, the shutdown slot cornerback has 77 tackles (62 solo), 4 tackles for loss, 4 interceptions, 11 passes defensed, a forced fumble, and a sack during 13 starts. He’s been targeted 90 times for 63 receptions (70.0% reception rate), 597 receiving yards (9.5 yards per reception), 3 touchdowns, 4 interceptions, and a surrendered passer rating of 80.6.
Whether there’s a slot positional designation or not, Moore is well deserving of Pro Bowl recognition, as he’s consistently been one of the best players as the cornerback position.
To diminish his star play because of his natural slot position does Moore a major disservice (and the increasing importance of the inside coverage position as a whole), as he constantly makes a huge impact on the field for the Colts given his versatility, sticky coverage, and sure tackling on the field.
In fact, Moore not only deserves a shot on the NFL’s ‘all-star game roster’, but perhaps a future nod on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ following his elite end zone celebration on Sunday:
If only Moore could get his well-overdue and earned recognition as a star though.
Put him in the Pro Bowl finally, please.