Moses poised for Packer’s punt return position

Jeremy Gustafson

Former ISU standout wide receiver/punt returner J.J. Moses’ last National Football League experience consited of being cut from the Kansas City Chiefs before the regular season officially started.

Now the speedy five-foot six-inch special team star will take his skills to Wisconsin as the Green Bay Packers have called his number.

“Some things are just meant to happen,” Moses said. “It’s just a blessing.”

The Packers have had little sucess this year on punt returns, the position Moses expects to compete for.

Star receiver Antonio Freeman is filling the duties so far. In two games Freeman has six return attempts for 43 yards, an average of 7.2 per return.

Moses averaged 11.3 yards per return in 2000 for the 9-3 Cyclones.

Moses feels the time he spent with Kansas City head coach Dick Vermeil and the Chiefs have prepared him.

“It taught me a lot of things, I’m more comfortable with the NFL,” Moses explained.

One of the major lessons Moses learned was not to take things for granted. Although he was a fan favorite among Chief fans and players, he was still cut.

“It makes you work hard, it could be taken away at any time,” he said.

While a spot on the developmental practice squad could be in the immediate future, Moses is confident that he can work his way onto the team, which will be good for both him and his former squad.

Moses feels that he can inspire current Cyclones to perform at the top level.

“If I can do it, they can do it” Moses said. “Those guys are good players, Iowa State produces great players. we just need more opportunities.”

Moses joins three other Cyclones from last season’s team in the NFL, Sage Rosenfels of the Washington Redskins, James Reed of the New York Jets and Reggie Hayward of the Denver Broncos.

Moses said that the fact that he is the only one of those players who didn’t get drafted is not something that bothers him.

“As long as I’m here now, that’s all that matters,” he said.