1) Introduction: Packers outside linebacker Dezman Moses was another of General Manager Ted Thompson’s undrafted free agent gems. He was signed in spring of 2012 and immediately impressed during the team’s organized team activities. He was invited to training camp where he continued his surgre and earned a roster spot both with his solid play and when veteran linebacker Frank Zombo was placed on the physically unable to perform list.
Dezman Mirrill Moses
- Age: 24
- Born: 1/4/1989 in Mount Holly, NJ
- Height: 6’02”
- Weight: 249
- College: Tulane
- Rookie Year: 2012
- NFL Experience: 1 year
3) Expectations coming into the season: Moses was expected to provide depth and outside linebacker and contribute on special teams. The team hoped he could provide a spark while spelling the team’s starters. Moses’ solid work ethic and high motor provided hope that the team would finally have a solid rotation of pass rushers and run stoppers at the outside backer position.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Moses played sparingly and had his best games in week seven at St. Louis and in the team’s wild card playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings. In the St. Louis game, Moses had a jarring hit in pass coverage on the ball carrier that was ruled a hit on a defenseless receiver. Replay showed the call was questionable but left everyone realizing that Moses could bring the wood when needed. During the wild card playoff game, Moses had three quarterback hurries and kept Joe Webb scrambling for options most of the evening. Unfortunately, Moses lived in anonymity most of the season and was very average during this time on the field. His worst statistical game of the season came against the Detroit Lions in week 14 when Moses posted a terrible -7.8 rating by Pro Football Focus.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Moses did help the team win a playoff game and he was able to spell Clay Matthews, Erik Walden and Nick Perry. But beyond that, he was just a body on the field. The team will surely have their eye on him this offseason to see if he can develop into more of what they had hoped he would be after a strong 2012 offseason.
6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: As good as Moses was in the wild card round against the Vikings, he was equally as ineffective in the divisional round at San Francisco. The upside is that he showed that he can play well in pressure situations as he did in the win over the Vikes.
Season Report Card:
(C) Level of expectations met during the season
(C-) Contributions to team’s overall success.
(C) Contributions to team during the playoffs
Overall Grade: C——————
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