Riders’ weapon Kyran Moore wants to swerve into the NFL, but if not loves the CFL

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Kyran Moore nearly swerved into the NFL even though the 2020 CFL season was cancelled.

The man affectionately known as ‘Swerve’ in Saskatchewan for his ability to change directions quickly and make game-changing plays in an instant, earned attention from teams south of the border the last time three-down football was played.

Moore worked out for the New York Giants in January, trying to earn a potential futures contract for the 2021 NFL season. The G-men talent evaluators liked what they saw from Moore, however no deal was offered.

“It was a great experience for me. They gave me some good feedback, they were saying that I’m on their radar and a lot of other teams,” Moore said.

“It made me feel better on the inside, especially after being away from football for a year before I went to the workout, because you still have people that have eyes on you.”

Moore was a key playmaker for quarterback Cody Fajardo as the Riders claimed first place in the West Division with a 13-5 record in 2019. The 24-year-old had a breakout campaign in 2019, catching 78 passes for 996 yards and six touchdowns in his first full CFL season.

“Definitely a personal goal of mine is to reach 1,000 yards this year. That’s been on my mind since the last game I found out I was four yards short,” Moore said.

“I’m not sure it’s unfair. I hope that there is some realistic expectations. Whether he gets 1,000 yards or not, that’s anybody’s guess,” head coach Craig Dickenson said.

In a shortened 14-game 2021 schedule, reaching 1,000 yards would be extra special and if accomplished it would put Moore among the league’s elite pass catchers. Through the years, players who have dominated in the CFL earn shots in the NFL, but it’s not just about producing numbers on a stat sheet.

“There’s some really good players up here that you scratch your head on and think, ‘Why aren’t they in the NFL?’ And then every once in a while a guy goes down to the NFL and you wonder, ‘Why is he going down?’ He wasn’t even the best player on our team,'” Dickenson said.

“You never know what they’re looking at, but I know he’s a very good football player and I hope he has a great year for us. If that translates into NFL interest, the better for him and we wish him all the best. He’s gotta take care of his business here first and he knows that.”

The five-foot-10, 165-pound Moore entered training camp focused and stronger than the last time he was in Regina. He clearly prepared his body for an all-star type campaign during the pandemic while working for Kick Start in Birmingham, AL handing out food to people in need.

“We went to poor areas and we were handing out breakfast, lunch, and dinner. At the end, we were serving 3,000 to 5,000 meals per day,” Moore said.

Not only was Moore feeding the less fortunate, but he was providing nourishment for his new daughter, Honor. She was born on October 22, 2020. The first-time father spent as much time as he could with his baby girl without having to go play a season in Canada.

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Becoming a dad made Moore realize he can’t be “selfish” in life anymore. Success on the football field with the Roughriders in a team capacity first, and as an individual second, could help the explosive receiver earn his coveted contract from an NFL team.

“One day all because it was a dream of mine,” Moore said. “If it happens that would be great, but if it don’t then now that I know about the CFL, I love it up here.”

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.