With a sprained foot potentially sidelining cornerback Zack Bowman for Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins, rookie Josh Moore is in position to possibly be active for the first time this season.
The fifth-round draft pick from Kansas State has yet to dress for a game. He and running back Kahlil Bell are the only players who have not suited up for at least one game.
But Moore, the sixth cornerback on the roster, would be next up, likely fitting in behind Corey Graham on the depth chart.
"During the season, every week I prepare like I am going to play even though I am inactive," Moore said. "I have been preparing like I am going to play.
"I figure I am ready to play, definitely on special teams. I feel I was ready to play on special teams when the season started. As the season goes on, you gain confidence. I am ready to play on defense, special teams, wherever they need me at."
One issue with Moore playing special teams has been his strength. He had only two reps at 225 pounds on the bench press at the scouting combine, and Moore has been working diligently to hit the weights. It's not that he needs to be ready for a powerlifting competition to compete, but he has to be able to fight off blocks and the stronger he is, the better tackler he will be.
"That's one of the biggest things I had when I got here, needing to get stronger," he said. "Since I've been here, I really feel I have improved in that area. I am ready to get out there."
The good news for Bowman is that with a minor injury, he'll be able to take some time during the bye next week to heal up.