Bronco Beat

Kellen Moore on his NFL chance: ‘You come out optimistic’

Former Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore said Monday that his three-game NFL debut left him “optimistic” about his future in the league.

“At the end of the day, you come out optimistic,” he said. “You’re able to play in a couple games in the NFL. Certainly, it wasn’t perfect. There were plenty of things you’d like to have back. You look at it as a lot of positives, some things that were accomplished, and learn from those and hopefully be able to build on it.”

Moore came off the bench in the second quarter of the Dallas Cowboys’ 14th game of the season, a loss to the Jets. He started the last two games, losses at the Bills and at home against the Redskins.

He was 61-for-104 for 779 yards and four touchdowns with six interceptions in his first regular-season action. He threw for 435 yards Sunday against the Redskins — making him the 129th quarterback in NFL history to post a 400-yard game.

Moore, who was 50-3 as Boise State’s starter from 2008 to 2011, spent his first three years in the NFL as a third-string quarterback with the Detroit Lions. He was the Cowboys’ starter, backup, third-stringer and practice-squad quarterback at various times this year.

His long wait for regular-season playing time did make him wonder if his chance would come.

“That’s natural for anyone,” he said. “You wait long enough, you wonder if it’s ever going to happen. I felt very fortunate to be down here. Obviously I feel fortunate to play. It was unfortunate circumstances that led up to it.”

We’ll have a full Q&A with Moore in Tuesday’s newspaper and online.