FOXBORO, Mass. ― Lance Moore has spent much of the past week and a half abusing Tracy Porter and Leigh Torrence and Usama Young along with Patrick Robinson and occasionally Jabari Greer.
Now he’s doing the same thing to Darius Butler and Leigh Bodden, Brandon Meriweather and other Patriots defensive backs.
Tuesday in the light heat of suburban Boston, the impressive play was a one-handed catch that caught the eyes of the thousands in attendance.
But don’t go give Moore a compliment about his good training camp thus far. He won’t take it.
“I’m not worried about having a good camp,” Moore said. “I’m worried about having a good day or a good practice or a good period or even a good play. I can’t dwell on what I’ve done thus far.
“I’ve got to get better every day and that’s my plan.”
Just getting to this point has been tough enough for Moore. After fighting his way off the practice squad and onto the 53-man roster in 2006, he had his best season as a professional in 2008, finishing with 79 catches for 928 yards and 10 touchdowns.
However, in 2009, when the Saints were at their best, he was nowhere to be found.
Moore was hampered by lingering hamstring and ankle injuries throughout the season and played in only seven games, catching only 14 passes for 153 yards.
And in the regular season’s most standout victory – a 38-17 Monday night thrashing of the Patriots in the Superdome – Moore could only watch.
“I didn’t play,” Moore said Tuesday after the Saints’ first of three practices against New England. “I had no role. I watched from the sideline. It was tough, but I’m back right now and can’t wait until Thursday.”
Indeed, Moore and the Saints will begin the defense of their Super Bowl title against the team of the 2000s and this time, the diminutive but sure-handed receiver will get his shot.
You can be sure of one thing, though. By game time, Moore will all but have forgotten his spending one-handed catch. It’s just in his nature.
“Just another play,” Moore said. “It still counts for one catch. I can’t really think about, ‘Oh gosh. I caught a one-handed catch.’ I have to go onto the next play and hopefully make another one.”