DT Moore Works Out for Colts

ColtPower has learned that the team had former Cardinals defensive tackle Langston Moore in for a tryout on Wednesday. The fourth-year pro was recently released by the Arizona Cardinals, but would give the Colts a 6-foot-one, 305-pound lineman to insert on rushing downs.

Since putting defensive tackle Corey Simon on the reserve list, the Indianapolis Colts don't have a starting defensive tackle heavier than 285 pounds. And even their top reserve, Darrell Reid, is in the 288-pound range. But ColtPower has learned from one of our sources that the team worked out former Cardinals defensive tackle Langston Moore on Wednesday. So far, there's been no word on whether or not they've offered him a contract.

The Colts' philosophy focuses more on the speed of their defensive linemen, not the size of them. Simon was that rare big-bodied lineman who had terrific quickness off the snap, allowing him to re-route or engulf running backs by getting into the backfield fast, shooting through his assigned gap. Most 300-plus pound linemen don't have that speed, they primarily battle at the line of scrimmage and try to push their opposing blocker backwards to get at the running back. They clog the line of scrimmage rather than creating problems behind the line. And more often than not, they aren't much of a factor against the pass.

Moore, who was selected by the Bengals in the sixth-round of the 2003 draft, has decent speed for his size. He's landed on the injured reserve list twice during his three-year career, but on both occasions it was past the mid-point of the season. During his second year with the Bengals, he suffered an ankle injury in late December. Last November, while playing for the Cardinals, he was put on injured reserve due to a shoulder injury.

After the Cardinals used two selections in this year's draft to bolster their defensive tackle position, Moore became expendable at the end of September despite praise from head coach Dennis Green. "He is too good to cut," Green told azcardinals.com, ironically just days before the team released Moore. They moved him off the roster to make room for DE/DT Chris Cooper, a Seattle castoff that gave the Cardinals a player they could plug in as a reserve at various positions on the defensive line.

ColtPower's Jerry Langton will be providing his expert in-depth analysis of Moore and why he's drawn the Colts' interest in a Colt Scout feature for our ColtPower Insiders later today.

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