Former Red Sox MiLBer fighting for Saints long snapping job
Alright, here's one the mainstream media won't be talking about, but we will.
That's not to disparage anyone, but the local news in our area probably doesn't even know this one is going on.
That's right: former Boston Red Sox minor league first baseman Nick Moore is contending for the New Orleans Saints long snapping job this season.
So here's the story, in brief...
Moore was a 30th round draft pick in the 2011 MLB Draft. He was a high schooler so by conventional logic, he wouldn't have signed and gone to college. No.
He signed for an undisclosed bonus, presumably because he wanted to play pro baseball and didn't want to go to college at the time.
He spent parts of three seasons with the Lowell Spinners, but also had stints for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox, Greenville Drive and Salem Red Sox. But essentially, the highlight of his career was hitting .264 with four home runs and a .732 OPS in 37 games for the Lowell Spinners in 2014.
Released by the Red Sox in April 2015, the 6-foot-3 250 pounder joined the Georgia Bulldogs football team as a walk-on the following fall.
Initially a linebacker, he moved to fullback early in his career, but ended up long snapping full-time. At first, he split reps at long snapper--taking care of the field goals while another teammate took care of the punts (he's better on field goals). But as a junior and senior, it was all him.
Shortly after this year's NFL Draft, Moore signed as a free agent with the Saints to compete for a job since his college career went so well.
Moore will try to dethrone the incumbent Zach Wood for the job, a player who was also an undrafted free agent.
So, in that sense, Moore could be the next John Elway, if you think about it....