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April 7, 2010 @ 6:51 am
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Moore Drops Weight And Finds Comfort Level

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Bucs DE Kyle Moore has hit the ground running in his offseason training. Moore started the offseason working out with a trainer in Miami, and now is back in Tampa working with his teammates. Moore was weighing in the 290s during 2009 for Jim Bates' defense. So far he has dropped almost 20 pounds this offseason.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Kyle Moore is hard at work trying to prepare for the 2010 season. Like second-year quarterback Josh Freeman, Moore didn't take much time off in the offseason before getting back to work on preparing for his sophomore NFL season.

The Buccaneers drafted Moore in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. His rookie season got off to a rough start after he tore the meniscus in his knee. After missing half the season with the knee injury and sitting behind veterans, Moore played in the final eight games and recorded 14 tackles with four quarterback pressures and one pass broken up.

"I came back after I was working out in Miami for about five weeks," Moore said. "I was trying to be right for these workouts. I've dropped a couple of pounds, and I feel real good right now."

Moore is losing weight and working on getting faster. After being drafted by Tampa Bay, Moore was asked to add weight to play in former defensive coordinator Jim Bates' defense. Moore did what was asked of him and saw his weight rise steadily in 2009. After Bates was replaced by head coach Raheem Morris, the Bucs defense changed schemes and went back to a gap-shooting defense predicated on speed.

"I'm about 278 right now, " Moore said. "I was 294 at the end of the season last year. That is way heavy. I've never been that heavy in my life, ever. My main focus was to get the explosion, and lose the body fat that I picked up. It was bad weight that I picked up after the combine, because I was 272 at the combine. I came here and gained 13 pounds. That was for the system that Bates wanted us to run."

Moore will be competing for the right to start at left defensive end. Veteran Jimmy Wilkerson started there for the majority of the 2009 season, but is coming off a torn ACL and is a free agent. The Bucs and the St. Louis Rams have shown interest in signing Wilkerson.

Right now, Moore would primarily compete with Tim Crowder and Michael Bennett for the starting spot at left end. Moore's stated goal is to win the starting job and sack the quarterback in 2010. Moore will still play some defensive tackle on passing downs, and rush the quarterback from a three-technique position over the guard's outside shoulder.

"Yeah, I like playing inside. I like going against those guards," Moore said. "It is kind of crazy in there sometimes, but I get some one-on-ones so I like it. I'm strong and guys don't expect to get pushed back a bit. I can create some things in there. I did last year, and I can definitely do it more this year now that I'm more comfortable. Everything is feeling good."

Moore likes the change in defense because it was closer to what he played at USC. He was comfortable in the Bucs defense under Morris, along with the veterans who were used to the defense under former defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. The Buccaneers defense under Morris relies on Kiffin's Tampa 2 as a base defense while incorporating formations and plays from a wide variety of defenses.

"The same thing that we ran at SC is basically what we're pretty much running here with different terminology, but it is basically the same thing," Moore said. "We were installing it the last six games. The stuff we were doing then is the stuff we're doing now. [Defensive line coach Todd] Wash has us in there doing meetings every day going over the stuff. The last couple of days we've been going over our base packages in defenses and drops and stuff. This year I'm more prepared. I know what's coming."

Coming from a winning collegiate program like USC, Moore was not used to losing seasons. Tampa Bay went 3-13 in 2009, and Moore did not get the playing time he was used to because of his injury and being behind veterans on the depth chart. Moore acknowledged it was a tough year, but he thinks the team will be better in 2010.

"It was difficult, I knew coming into the pros it was not going to be like college," Moore said. "Coach [Pete] Carroll told us that. College is nothing like the pros, and be ready for that. I didn't expect to go 3-13, but it is what it is. Things happen. We had changes going on during the season.

"Guys are here working. Josh [Freeman] has been pretty much this whole offseason working hard, as have some of the receivers. A lot of guys have been back here at the facility and that is going to really help us a lot. They got us all working in one group for the workouts and weight training and stuff like that. Getting guys together and around each other helps everybody. The more rowdy it gets in there is great. It is going to be all right through OTAs and when the season starts."


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