Florham Park, NJ – Frustrated New York Jets wide receiver Elijah Morwho requested a deal Thursday after being brought home after a blowout with a coach, returned to the team’s facility on Friday but will be inactive on Sunday against the Denver Broncos.
“Demanding him to play a football match from a mental point of view would not be fair to him in my opinion,” coach Robert Salih told reporters. “But this is my strict decision.”
Saleh said the Jets would not agree to Moore’s commercial request, saying they hope to resolve their differences once the second-year recipients join the team. He has been excused from meetings and rehearsals on Friday and will not make the trip to Denver. He will remain in New Jersey, training with the conditioning crew as if he were injured.
“It’s part of what we deal with every day,” Saleh said. “We have had our discussions with Elijah. Trading him is not an option. We will only continue to work with him.”
The NFL trade deadline is November 1.
Saleh, who said on Thursday that Moore had given him a personal day to deal with a family matter, confirmed reports that Moore had been asked to leave the facility before training due to a disagreement with coaches.
A source told ESPN that it was a sharp exchange with attack coordinator Mike LaFleur.
“Like everything, it boils,” Saleh al-Juma said. “He showed his displeasure. It was one of those deals where he’d better just relax, calm down, take a day, catch your breath, and we’ll meet again some other time.”
The controversy comes at an odd time because the Jets (4-2), winners of three in a row, have their best start since 2015. But Moore, a 2021 second-round pick who showed promise as a rookie, is upset with his use. A losing player, he is the sixth in the team in receptions (16) and fifth in goals (28).
Moore announced his feelings Sunday after the Jets upset the Green Bay Packers — a game in which he had no official goals. He tweeted, “I don’t understand” why it wasn’t a bigger part of the offense.
Referring to the tweet, Saleh issued a light public reprimand on Monday, saying “mistakes happen.” He defended Moore’s character, and did so again on Friday, playing down the fallout from the trade order and the perception that Moore is a selfish player.
Saleh attributed it to Moore’s competitiveness, calling it a “cool” trait.
“He wants more,” said Saleh. “That doesn’t make him selfish. In my opinion, that makes him competitive.”
To replace Moore on Sunday, the aircraft will activate a wide receiver Denzel Mims for the first time. Mims, a 2020 second-round pick who requested a pre-season deal, was a healthy scratch for the first six games. Memes and Jeff Smith It is likely that Moore’s representatives will participate in the game.
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