#4: Kapron Lewis-Moore
Sep 3, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Sean Renfree (12) passes against Baltimore Ravens defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore (95) during the second quarter at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Coming off an ACL injury in his final college game, Lewis-Moore slid down draft boards. Because he would not be ready for day one, he was seen as a project that could produce down the line. The Ravens decided he was worth the risk, and they selected him in the 6th round of the 2013 draft.
Stashed on IR in his rookie year, Lewis-Moore was expected to return to training camp the following year and compete for playing time. Instead, he returned, only to get injured right away. Because of this, he developed the reputation of an “injury-prone player,” which is never a good reputation to have.
This offseason, his roster spot was no longer locked down. Because it had been over 2 years since his last game action, Lewis-Moore had to shake off a ton of rust. However, he played well in the preseason, and he earned his spot on the roster for this season.
His call to action is not necessarily about playing abilities, as he has shown that he can be a force on the DL. Instead, his call to action is mostly about staying healthy. If he can prove that he can stay healthy for the entire season, he will be looked at as a serious contributor for years to come.
If he gets injured again, though, he most likely will not be back next season. Shedding the “injury-prone” label is hard to do, but if he wants a long NFL career, it is now or never for him.