NASHVILLE – Chris Moore had a lot on his mind when he signed with the Titans last month.
The veteran receiver was on a new team, with new coaches and teammates around him.
It was time to learn a new playbook, and city.
Picking a jersey number wasn't something he'd thought a lot about.
So, he picked No.11 after previously wearing No.15 with the Texans.
"I'm not going to lie – at first, I didn't even think about that," Moore said with a smile. "Nick Westbrook-Ikhine had No.15, and I (thought), 'I need another number' and 11 looked smooth on me. So, I was like, that's what I am going to pick.
"And then I realized after, what I did…"
What Moore did, of course, was pick the number that was once worn in Tennessee by A.J. Brown, a fan favorite who was traded from the Titans to the Eagles during the 2022 NFL Draft. Others have also worn the number, of course, but Brown has worn in better than anyone with the Titans.
"I still like it," a smiling Moore said. "It is what it is."
Moore wasn't signed to take Brown's place, and he wasn't signed to replace veteran Robert Woods either. In the offseason, Woods was waived – and he's since signed with the Texans, Moore's old club.
Chris Moore knows his role with the Titans is to do his part to help the team win, and that's what he plans to do.
He's coming off the best season of his NFL career.
"I can do whatever they need me to do," Moore said. "First, I am a football player, and then I'm a receiver. Whatever they want me to do, I'm going to do it."
A fourth-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in 2016, Moore spent the past two seasons with the Texans after spending his first five seasons in Baltimore.
In 2022, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Moore hauled in 48 catches for 548 yards and two touchdowns while playing in 16 games, with seven starts.
In a Week 14 game at Dallas, Moore caught 10 passes for 124 yards. Moore also had a 100-yard game in 2021 against the Patriots, when he caught five passes for 109 yards, including a 67-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Davis Mills.
In six NFL seasons, Moore has 116 catches for 1,286 yards and eight touchdowns. Moore also has experience on special teams, including work as a kick returner. Moore has returned 46 kickoffs for a 23.5-yard average in his career.
Moore, who spent a year with new Titans OC Tim Kelly in Houston, said he feels comfortable in Tennessee and thinks he's found a good fit.
And, we're not just talking about his uniform.
"I just want my teammates to know that they can rely on me on the field," Moore said. "I'm going to be out there doing whatever they need me to do to help them win. It is always fun going into a new building, learning new faces. This is actually a very welcoming organization, people really get to know you, they are interested in who you are as a person. So, it has been a great time.
"At the end of the day personally, it is not really about the numbers, but it's about being with an organization that (wants) to win games. I just love the game of football and that's what I want to do."