Wide receiver Jason Moore was born and raised in Oberlin, Ohio and attended Oberlin Senior High School. While at the prep level, Moore was a two-time Patriot Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He also took home multiple all-district, all-conference, and all-state honors. He was also named all-state in basketball for good measure.
Moore chose to stay close to home and play for Division II Findlay University. Although he may have preferred to play at a higher level of competition, he surely appreciated being able to dominate the way he did for four years.
But you should know that Moore was actually a member of Findlay’s football team for over six years. After redshirting in 2013, Moore succumbed to a broken leg the following year and received a medical hardship waiver. Here are his numbers during his final four seasons:
2015 (9 starts): 38 receptions - 627 yards - 7 TDs
2016 (11 starts): 71 receptions - 1,115 yards - 15 TDs
2017 (13 starts): 65 receptions - 980 yards - 14 TDs
2018 (4 starts, suspension): 30 receptions - 495 yards - 3 TDs (For fun, he was on pace for a 82-1,361-8 stat line over a full 11-game season)
Oof! Is that #Chargers rookie UDFA WR Jason Moore making that catch? Yes. Yes it is.— Jason Balliet II (@Syntari13) July 31, 2019
If you're a Chargers fan and you wanna see a deep threat that can catch the ball well, you're gonna like this guy. pic.twitter.com/ZGvRuDW8FG
Moore totaled 39 touchdowns and 3,217 receiving yards while missing a handful of games in his senior season. He was named an All-Great Midwest Atheltic Conference selection as a sophomore before earning All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors as a junior.
After signing with the Chargers following the 2019 NFL Draft, Moore spent most of the season on the practice squad before being promoted to the active roster on October 12. He stayed there for the rest of the season and finished the year with a pair of catches for 43 yards.
Years with team: 1
“Jason Moore signed a 2 year, $1,080,000 contract with the Los Angeles Chargers, including an average annual salary of $540,000. In 2020, Moore will earn a base salary of $675,000, while carrying a cap hit of $675,000.” - Spotrac.com
Moore was a physically-imposing pass-catcher at Findlay who utilized his jump-ball skills and strength at the catch point. He showed enough speed to run by cornerbacks at times but the level of competition has elevated quite a bit from the DII level.
Jason Moore (Pre-Snap Arrow) Just running a seam in between the Cover 2 Invert (3 Arrows), Safety comes up to make a play at the sticks (Red Box)— Jason Balliet II (@Syntari13) October 17, 2019
Bush should be the one to cover this route in theory, unless they really emphasized "protect the sticks" here.
Should be a TD. pic.twitter.com/9HrIamULiH
He should have had a touchdown on the above play when the Chargers hosted the Steelers on Sunday Night Football but it was unfortunately badly underthrown by Philip Rivers.
Moore will have to work on adding some nuance in his route running to maximize his already above-average physical gifts. His size can only aid him so much at the professional level. He’s unfortunately stuck behind a a talented group of veterans and rookies do he must stand out more and more when given the chance.
Odds of making the roster/What to expect in 2020?
I think Moore has one of the better chances in the wide receiver room to earn a spot on the final roster behind Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, K.J. Hill, and Joe Reed. I think if they were at the same level of experience, Moore would have been a better option at the third wide receiver spot instead of Andre Patton. If Moore can beat out Patton or Darius Jennings, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Moore earn a handful of snaps every game.