Lance Moore: 'I’ve never been more excited to go to practice'

Posted May 28, 2015

Wide receiver Lance Moore is ready to make the most of his opportunity in Detroit.

Lance Moore saw the writing on the wall last year in Pittsburgh after he was a healthy scratch for the Steelers’ playoff loss vs. Baltimore.

A day after the eventual defeat, Moore knew his time in Pittsburgh was soon to be over.

“I knew I didn’t want to be there anymore,” Moore said Wednesday after the second OTA practice with his new team in Detroit. “They made me inactive. I knew at that point the writing is on the wall. I could see what their future plans were for me and it was the first time in my career I was a healthy inactive.”

Lance MooreWR Lance Moore (Photo: Detroit Lions)

Moore spent the 2014 season in Pittsburgh after signing a two-year, $3 million contract last offseason, but was granted his release in March after catching just 14 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns in 13 games.

“People always ask me ‘what happened’ or ‘what didn’t go right’ or ‘why did it go so wrong’ (in Pittsburgh) and I really don’t know,” Moore said. “Other than I was hurt early in the year, it never quite clicked for Ben (Roethlisberger) and I and young guys played well.”

So Moore moved on from Pittsburgh and landed in Detroit on a one-year, $1.05 million contract earlier this month. Moore is now reunited with former New Orleans quarterback coach turned Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, who brought a lot of the Saints’ offense with him to Detroit.

“This is the offense I had the most success in in my career,” Moore said. “I played in this offense for eight years and I think Joe Lombardi was there six or seven of those years that I was there.

“So the familiarity, not just with what we’re running, but being able to act as another coach out there, a coach in the receiver room, I think there are a lot of things I can do to help this team.”

Moore caught 346 passes for 4,281 yards and 38 touchdowns in his time in New Orleans. His best season came in 2012, when he caught 65 passes for 1,041 yards and six touchdowns. 

The former undrafted rookie out of Toledo ranks among the top five receivers in Saints history in receptions and touchdown catches.

He’s now using his disappointing 2014 season in Pittsburgh as motivation to get back to his productive years in New Orleans and to have a big year in 2015.

“I would say that I’ve never been more excited to go to practice,” he said. “I’ve never been so excited to really just have another chance. I’ve been in the league 11 years, I’ve been cut five times, and you never really know when it’s going to be over.

“I knew in the back of my mind that it wasn’t quite over, but I wasn’t sure whether I’d get an opportunity, or whether I’d get the right opportunity, and I feel like things couldn’t have worked out any better for me, so I’m going to make the most of this opportunity.”

Moore is expected to join Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate and Corey Fuller in the receiver rotation with either Jeremy Ross, Ryan Broyles, TJ Jones or another receiver emerging in training camp and fill the final roster spot.