This past April, Giants DE Avery Moss was excited about getting drafted, but not how late his name ended up getting called.
Moss recalled Day 2 of the 2017 NFL Draft where he sat in his grandmother's hospital room waiting for his name to be called after the first round. The Colts had sent him a text, and given him something to look forward to.
"The Colts liked me a lot, and called me before Day 2 of the draft, and gave me this great spiel," Moss told The Post's Howie Kussoy. "They sent me a text of the Super Bowl trophy they won, and said, 'We think you can help us bring this back, so get ready for your name to be called.'"
But the Colts didn't deliver on their text to Moss as they selected Tarell Basham in the third round. By Day 3, Moss still didn't hear his name called by Indianapolis after three fourth-round picks and two fifth-round picks. Moss was frustrated as he believed the 15 defensive ends that were drafted before him were better.
"I remember sitting there frustrated because there were a lot of edge rushers picked ahead of me that I know that I was better than," he said. "I met a lot of them at the combine and they didn't have the passion and they weren't more athletic or better than me. It's always something that's gonna be there for me."
Moss was finally selected with the 167th overall pick by the Giants, and now, he finds himself already soaking up his first NFL games with Olivier Vernon out with an injury. Last game against the Seahawks, Moss recorded a forced fumble to go along with four tackles.
Though he is impressing in his rookie season so far, he is still curious about the other ends that were selected before him performed.
"I'll ask [friends] how so and so did during the game. 'Did they get in? How did he look'" Moss said. "I always keep tabs on that because I felt disrespected....[Teams] made a mistake. I hope they like what they got. If not, y'all messed up."
The main reason teams passed up on Moss was due to his public indecency charge for exposing himself at 17 in 2012. It led to him losing his scholarship to Nebraska, and settling with a second chance at Youngstown State. But the mistake doesn't define who Moss is.
"Every single team, that was always the first question," Moss said. "They said, 'He has character issues,' They didn't know me. I was young. I made mistakes. But my actions [five] years ago doesn't [define] my character."
The Giants seemed to be a perfect for Moss as he admired the team's best pass rushers like Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul, who he gets to learn from firsthand.
"Every time the Giants came on, you'd see a snap and the quarterback would hit the ground becuase of JPP or Justin Tuck," Moss said. "I got star struck when I first came here. I sit down and look across the table and that's JPP over there. This is real. I couldn't believe this is my teammate."
Pierre-Paul has been mentoring Moss as the rookie sees him as a guru when it comes to a player's strengths and how to make them better.
"I feel like he really sees me as somebody he can make better," Moss said. "It helps more than he even knows. I can just play freer and go do something, instead of being a robot or making mental mistakes."
The 23-year-old will continue to listen to the veteran JPP in his ear as he makes the best of his snaps in his rookie season.