WR Denarius Moore, Free agent
HT: 6-0, WT: 194, Born: 12-8-1988, College: Tennessee, Drafted: Round 5
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Current as of August 25th. [Full ADP list]Overall: J Todman (263), Denarius Moore (265),
Position: M Sanu (255-WR82), A Robinson (262-WR83), Denarius Moore (265 - WR84),
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Denarius Moore provided a case against the third year breakout in 2013, taking a small step backwards with 46 catches for 696 yards. In three years in the league Moore has slowly developed from an all-or-nothing deep threat to a more rounded receiver. In his rookie season he caught only 33 passes in 13 games but averaged 18.7 yards per reception. In his sophomore season he posted a career best 51 catches for 741 yards and 7 touchdowns. Last year he was once again hampered by injuries and only played 13 games. In three years in the league Moore has caught passes from seven different quarterbacks and most of them have been journeymen or worse. This year he'll have Matt Schaub under center, who will be hoping for a bounce back year. Moore is currently listed as a 3rd team wide receiver on the depth chart, which is concerning even though it's still early in camp.
2013 Game Summaries
Week 1 - Ran a nice route on a short slant to pick up a first down on the opening drive. Moore also caught two more passes on the team's first drive of the 4th quarter, before dropping a 2 yard slant in the end zone. Two plays later Pryor went right back to him and Moore hauled in his first touchdown of the year. Moore was Pryor's favorite target when it came to designed pass plays.
Week 2 - Moore had a miserable day. He struggled to get open and dropped the ball when he was open. He dropped a first down pass that was a little behind him early in the game and then had a terrible drop on a short cross that was erased by penalty but still need to be noticed. He was wide open across the middle and dropped a perfectly placed ball from Pryor. Moore’s concentration issues coupled with his lack of mastery of the route tree looks like a poor pairing for Pryor.
Week 3 - Moore had an outstanding evening, flashing the all athleticism and speed that has made scout’s drool and none of the concentration lapses that makes his owners furious. His 73 yard touchdown was the big story, but it was his concentration on the smaller plays that was more surprising. On the touchdown pass he caught a deep post in front of two defenders then executed a spin move to lose them both. After that it was off to the races and Moore outran the entire Denver secondary. He caught two passes for short gains in the first half that were both a little high, and showed really good concentration on a back shoulder fade later in the game. Moore was Pryor’s favorite target and on this day at least he looked like he deserved to be.
Week 4 - The numbers weren't totally there, but Denarius Moore had his second consecutive impressive outing in week four. His biggest gain came on a 34 yard pass between two defenders that Moore went to the ground to secure. Moore picked up some YAC later in the game when he caught a short hitch and then eluded his defender and picked up an additional 10 yards. For the second consecutive game Moore showed good concentration and hands and was clearly the WR1 for the Raiders. Moore was open on at least 2-3 other routes throughout the game where Flynn either didn't see him or didn't have the confidence to pull the trigger.
Week 5 - Moore continued his maturation with another very solid game. He was well covered on a deep hitch and ripped the ball away from the defender on his first grab. On the very next play he settled under the zone to make a short grab and then broke two tackles on his way to a 17 yard gain. Moore finished that drive with a cagey play in the back of the end zone. With Pryor scrambling, Moore lost his man with a small shove in the corner of the end zone and then hauled in an easy two yard touchdown grab. Moore showed great awareness at the end of the half to come to the sideline to help his scrambling quarterback and snag a 19 yard reception. The pair started the second half off with fireworks as they connected on back-to-back deep balls down the right sideline. On the first Pryor slightly underthrew his receiver and Moore showed his much improved concentration, grabbing the 35 yard pass with a defender draped all over him. Two plays later Moore badly beat his defender for what would have been a 33 yard touchdown, but it was ruled that Moore had stepped out of bounds before he caught the ball. If hat touchdown stood it would have been a monster game for Moore, as it was his production was limited for the remainder of the game due to the game script.
Week 6 - Moore's day was made by a 39 yard touchdown on a short slant in the second quarter. He badly beat the corner on the route and then outran the poorly positioned Chiefs safeties to the end zone. Moore made a tough grab in traffic in the first quarter and another good catch in the two minute drill on a hitch against Cooper. There were at least two passes that Pryor put in the vicinity that Moore could not come up with in the second half. Neither would be considered a drop but they were the types of plays that Pryor needed his star receiver to make.
Week 8 - Moore's production was greatly impacted by the game script and the fact that he had Ike Taylor on him most of the day. Both of Moore's catches came on short slants that he extended after the catch because of passes that hit him right in stride. Both routes were crisp and on his second in particular, he simply outran the defender after the catch.
Week 9 - Outside of a ten yard slant on 3rd and 23, Moore had to work hard for everything he got. He did a good job coming back to Pryor on his 27 yard reception, catching the ball wide open and then using his quickness to turn it into a 27 yard gain. His 15 yard gain on a deep in was a strong route and a very good throw from Pryor. Later in the game he did a great job setting up the blockers on a wide receiver screen and picked up 12. Moore's day was nearly capped with a touchdown but he couldn't pull in a fade from Matt McGloin in garbage time. Unlike Jennings, much of Moore's success came early in the game and he didn't capitalize much on garbage time.
Week 10 - Moore saw his case of the drops return early in the game, but he finished much better than he started. His first drop was a really bad one on his part, on a short pass over the middle. The second came one play later and was more forgivable because it was at his shins. He made a great leaping catch for a seven yard gain on his next target. Moore's 23 yard gain came with Pryor scrambling and Moore did an outstanding job using his body as a shield to make the grab. He was targeted in the end zone but there was a miscommunication between he and Pryor on the play. Moore was limited by his own drops early and Pryor's lack of accuracy as well, but he was the clear number one target.
Week 11 - Moore made a good hands catch on this six yard touchdown to start the scoring. McGloin put the ball well out in front of Moore with some zip and Moore extended to make the catch. That unfortunately would not be a sign of things to come as he had two bad drops wide open later in the game. Oddly, he made another tough grab, coming back to a scrambling McGloin and snagging a bullet under duress along the sideline. Moore again flashed potential, but struggled with drops and took a back seat to Rod Streater.
Week 15 - Moore was limited in his return and took a back seat to both Streater and Holmes. His biggest catch of the day came on a 34 yard bomb down the right sideline. Moore had beaten his man by two steps and made a relatively easy grab. The catch was his only one until he made an 11 yard grab on a garbage time pass from Pryor.
Week 16 - Moore continues to get more involved, but he still didn't have a big play. His best catch was an 11 yard hitch on the left sideline that he caught in traffic. He never caught the ball in a position to do something after the catch and didn't see any deep targets.
Week 17 - Early in the game Moore was the only receiver with any kind of rhythm with Pryor. He ran an excellent route on a deep hitch on his first grab and showed good footwork on a back shoulder completion down the sideline in the final quarter. Moore's biggest gain came over the middle on a deep cross when he got wide open in between levels of the zone. As he often does, Moore also threw in one terrible drop in the open field.