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Jets quarterback Joe Flacco compares WR Elijah Moore to former All Pro Steve Smith

Joe Flacco said that the Jets’ young wide receivers remind him of his favorite player. His name was Jerry Rice and he is also undersized.



During his 16-year playing career, Steve Smith Sr. was honored with five trips to the Pro Bowl, two selections to the First Team All-Pro, and the AP Comeback Player of the Year award. The 43-year-old player was selected as a semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the previous November (2021).

Smith Sr. played alongside Joe Flacco, now of the New York Jets, during their time together with the Baltimore Ravens from 2014 to 2016. On Friday, Flacco talked about one of the Jets’ young wideouts, D.J. Moore, comparing him to a legendary undersized receiver.

When asked who Elijah Moore reminds him of, Joe Flacco mentioned Steve Smith pic for his explosiveness. From Jets Videos (@snyjets): The 19th of August, 2022

Flacco appears to be “in line” to start Week 1 of the regular season against the Ravens, as second-year quarterback Zach Wilson recovers from recent knee surgery. If Wilson’s absence extends into mid-September, the 37-year-old will have a chance to show that he deserves to start at quarterback despite Saleh’s assertion two weeks ago that Flacco “is a starting quarterback in this league.”

Having Moore improve on his rookie year is important for Flacco’s success with “Gang Green” while waiting for the 2021 No. 2 overall pick to return from suspension. The former Mississippi wideout led the Jets in targets (77), receiving yards (538), and receiving touchdowns (five) despite playing in only 11 games last season. He also finished third in receptions (43) and added one rushing touchdown.

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