OXNARD, Calif. -- At the end of June, Damontre Moore found himself at Stanford with some of the NFL's best pass-rushers at the Von Miller Pass Rush Summit.
There was the event's host, Von Miller, Moore's former teammate at Texas A&M and perhaps the most lethal pass-rusher in the game today. There was Khalil Mack, Cliff Avril, Olivier Vernon, Dee Ford, Shane Ray and Cassius Marsh.
The recently retired DeMarcus Ware, whom Moore watched for years as a Dallas Cowboys fan growing up, was one of the instructors. So was former Atlanta Falcon Chuck Smith, who is becoming one of the go-to defensive line gurus.
"You had all these different specimens, from a speed pass-rusher to bull-[rush] pass-rusher, a speed-to-power guy, some heavier guys, to learn all these different tricks," said Moore, who signed a two-year deal with the Cowboys in the offseason. "It really was a good experience, and feel like I learned a lot from it."
Miller has been one of Moore's mentors since their days at A&M. Miller was Moore's host on his official visit to College Station. They played together for one season. Miller was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 draft by the Denver Broncos. Moore had 26.5 sacks in his three years with the Aggies and was a third-round pick by the New York Giants in 2013.
"We're going on like a 10-year friendship," Moore said. "He's been mentoring me since Day 1, since I got to A&M. He's taught me. I played up under him for one year. He taught me some things technique-wise, just how to be a man, how to approach the game. His experiences have definitely helped me, just giving me advice, letting me know when he messed up and learning from his mistakes and don't repeat them. Even if I did repeat them, it was, 'Now you've seen where I've been at.' He's just been a big influence on my life."
The summit lasted one day on the field and included a session in the film room. Players discussed all of the intricacies of their position. Each went to the front of the room to discuss one of his plays, with the rest of the group chiming in with suggestions.
As Cowboys camp gets going, Moore finds himself recalling the lessons learned at the summit.
"I've been practicing my get-off, like how DeMarcus Ware taught me, trying to tighten up my stance, coil up," Moore said. "It's mostly been the get-off as the main thing, but I'll be able to put a lot more as far as technique and trying the pass-rush moves once we get the pads on."