WR D.J. Moore - Carolina Panthers
|5-11, 215||Born: 4-14-1997||College: Maryland||Drafted: Round 1, pick 24|
2018 Week 1 vs DAL (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
D.J. Moore had an inauspicious debut against the Cowboys as the Panthers failed to muster a consistent passing attack. Moore had only one reception - a flair pass into the left flat that was instantly snuffed out - and featured primarily as Űwindow dressing' pre-snap, motioning and acting as a satellite player in the backfield. Notably, he was often the lone receiver on the field in red zone opportunities.
2018 Week 2 vs ATL (2 / 1 / 51 / 1 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
One play summed up the day of Panthers first round pick D.J. Moore, and it may be a sign of bigger things to come. After seeing little action early in the game apart from as a punt returner and on an end around that he successfully crafted into a six-yard gain. Moore struck like a dagger to the heart of the Falcons defense. Just when it appeared the game was in hand, Cam Newton fired a dart to Moore on an intermediate dig pattern. Moore, spotting a gap through the middle, showed good strength to initially shrug off a tackler and then turned on the lightning-fast speed to the endzone. The play lasted just a handful of seconds, but it injected life into the offense. Moore would get one more opportunity to make a splash play. With only five seconds remaining and one more shot for Newton to throw it into the end zone, it was Moore who got the target. Two Falcons defenders closed in on him at the last second, however, and he was unable to make the grab.
2018 Week 3 vs CIN (2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Even after the proclamations and promises of head coach Ron Rivera to get rookie D.J. Moore more involved, it was not to be against Cincinnati. Moore played a little under half the snaps and was only targeted downfield once, a corner route that was out of his reach. Moore was utilised again as 'window dressing' on jet sweeps and backfield motions, but did little with these opportunities, drawing a facemask penalty on a jet sweep handoff and getting tackled quickly on a quick screen.
2018 Week 5 vs NYG (4 / 4 / 49 / 0 rec, 1 / 18 / 0 rush)
D.J. Moore played with an explosive edge that provided a glimpse to offensive coordinator Norv Turner of just how dangerous he can be. On his first touch, Moore took the ball on a reverse, instantly turning it up the field. Moore met resistance immediately, but trucked a Giants defender, who just bounced off the contact, before darting up the field. Moore runs like a no-nonsense running back in the open field. Moore showed excellent burst after the catch on a quick slant later in the game and produced another crucial reception on the final drive over the middle.
2018 Week 6 vs WAS (5 / 4 / 59 / 0 rec, 1 / 18 / 0 rush)
D.J. Moore endured a forgettable outing against Washington, coughing up the football twice - once in open play, once on special teams - to gift Washington a lead they would never surrender. Moore's fumble on a punt return, his first, was a classic case of not knowing when to go down. Spotting an opportunity to make a play, Moore showed poor ball security technique, holding the ball extended away from his body, and it was knocked loose. The second fumble was an excellent play by Josh Norman, who used a punch popularised by former Panther Charles Tillman to pop the ball out. The coaching staff, to their credit, stuck with the rookie and he was a factor throughout. Moore made tough grabs over the middle, ran a variety of routes and even dashed around the corner on an 18-yard jet sweep, showing his prowess as a run-after-catch weapon.
2018 Week 7 vs PHI (5 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
D.J. Moore continues to be brought along slowly, although he will have been silently chiding his quarterback for a couple of passes that went astray. The first target was too high for Moore to haul in, while a slant route in the closing stages flew over Moore's head. Otherwise, he and Cam Newton were able to connect on a couple of nice plays, including a critical catch on third down where Moore adjusted his route, settled down in the middle against the zone coverage and added some yards after the catch.
2018 Week 8 vs BAL (6 / 5 / 90 / 0 rec, 2 / 39 / 0 rush)
After some early rookie hiccups this season, D.J. Moore finally had his coming-out party against the Ravens. Torrey Smith's absence due to injury meant the rookie was on the field more often, but he made every snap count. Moore announced his presence early with a bulldozing catch and run on a screen pass; the Ravens defenders seemed to let their guard down on the play, only for Moore to lower his shoulder into contact and find the sticks. Moore was moved all over the formation throughout this game, with jet motion a feature. Moore is an urgent runner, quickly turning up the field after securing the ball ˝ and rarely going down on first contact. With Carolina's offense backed up at their own one-yard line, Moore found himself open on a seam pattern and hauled in a perfect Cam Newton pass for 33 yards. Moore got the rub of the green on an option pitch, initially fumbling it forwards before recovering and beating the chasing defender's angle up the sideline for 28 yards. On the very next play he was almost able to get into the end zone on an end around, coming just yards short of the goal line. Moore made a diving catch on a low pass in the two-minute drill at the end of the first half to bail out his quarterback. In the second half, with the Panthers comfortably leading, the offense relied much more on the ground attack, limiting Moore's opportunities.
2018 Week 9 vs TB (2 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec, 1 / 32 / 0 rush)
D.J. Moore may not have blown up the box score as he did last week against Baltimore, but his influence was certainly felt on many of the Panthers' biggest plays. Moore lined up all over the formation - in the backfield, in the slot, out wide, as an offset I-back beside Newton - and drew defenders' eyes as the offense tried to manipulate the Bucs linebackers and safeties. Moore's jet motion aided Christian McCaffrey on one of the back's rushing touchdowns, opening a gap after a moment's hesitation from a Buccaneers linebacker. The rookie exploded down the left sideline on an end around, showing excellent patience as his blocks developed downfield - and only coming seven yards short of a touchdown. In the passing game, Moore wasn't as much of a factor, although he ran an excellent route on a dig in the second half, leaving his defender in the dust. A late target on a corner route was out of his reach, although he made a good diving attempt to haul it in.
2018 Week 10 vs PIT (5 / 4 / 20 / 0 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
D.J. Moore remains a starting receiver opposite Devin Funchess in two-wide sets, but he is also a Percy Harvin-esque weapon for the offense. Even on Christian McCaffrey's fruitful first drive of carries, it was Moore's ghost/jet motion that attracted the attention of Steelers defenders, prompting a moment's hesitation. Moore was utilised mostly on bubble screens and quick dump-off passes, but the Steelers rallied to make tackles and did not allow the speedy playmaker to get into space. Moore caught a couple of passes from Cam Newton as the offense went to a hurry-up. In the fourth quarter Moore drew a pass interference penalty on a deep route; with the foul occurring in the end zone, the ball was placed at the Pittsburgh one-yard line. Moore did well on the play to stack the defensive back, but the defender, panicked, reached for him and prevented the reception.
2018 Week 11 vs DET (8 / 7 / 157 / 1 rec)
It proved to be a banner day for rookie D.J. Moore, whose tenacious playing style and run-after-catch prowess came to the fore. The early stages of the game augured well for Moore, who made a nice catch on a quick slant for 13 yards, following that up with a catch and run after a dig pattern that saw him nearly dragging a tackler into the end zone with him. Moore ran a variety of routes and showed excellent strength at the catch point, often breaking tackles by lowering his shoulder like a running back to punish defensive backs. The highlight play of the game came on a simple pass to the boundary on third down. Moore caught the high Cam Newton pass, contorting his body to get both feet in bounds. Unwilling to settle for a first down, however, Moore cut back infield and burst up the middle for an 82-yard scamper that came just yards shy of the end zone. He continued to be an outlet option for Newton, and finished the game on a high note with a touchdown. Moore ran a pivot route at the back of the end zone, jerking left before cutting right, confusing veteran Darius Slay in the process. Moore still had work to do, leaping and tapping both feet in for the score.
2018 Week 12 vs SEA (9 / 8 / 91 / 0 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Taking over as the de facto number one receiver in Devin Funchess' absence, Moore looked every bit the part. The rookie ran excellent routes and made some difficult catches on laser passes from Cam Newton, creating a positive feedback loop between the pair that lasted the entire game. Moore ran a beautiful over route for his first catch, getting the correct depth and hauling in a perfect pass. As a runner after the catch, Moore consistently terrorised the Seattle defense; on several occasions he appeared to have broken the last tackle with only end zone ahead, but the Seahawks made the plays. Moore's nous as a route runner tested every level of the Seattle defense. He was unfortunate not to break a tackle and get a first down on the critical final play before Graham Gano's doomed field goal in the fourth quarter.
2018 Week 13 vs TB (8 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec, 2 / 21 / 0 rush)
D.J. Moore injected some spirit and life into an at-times listless Carolina offense. Moore was utilised as a satellite player on option looks, targeted on swing patterns into the flat both on passes and pitches by Cam Newton. His first target resulted in an interception, but the mistake was on Newton, who threw into traffic and too low for Moore to haul in. Moore showed excellent strength after the catch to battle for extra yards and became a favourite target early in the second half on consecutive plays, one of which was an impressive sideline catch. Moore repeated the feat later, unbelievably dragging both feet in bounds on the sideline. As a downfield receiver, Moore couldn't quite get into the contest and was primarily used as a short to intermediate option.
2018 Week 14 vs CLE (8 / 5 / 67 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
D.J. Moore started the game off in poor fashion, dropping a straightforward pass from Cam Newton with the offense set up close to the Cleveland goal line. Moore ran an excellent pivot route on the play, got separation from the defender, but showed poor technique with his hands at the crucial moment. To his credit he bounced back with an incredible catch on a slant route, the ball initially stuck between his legs as he quickly adjusted for it. He showed off his outstanding run-after-catch prowess later, catching a slant on the right side before banging off a tackler, spinning, juking and scooting all the way up the left sideline for a big gain. Moore was mostly used as a short option for the remainder of the game, catching swing passes and quick-hitting routes. An option pitch to him in the red zone came just yards shy of the goal line in the latter stages.
2018 Week 15 vs NO (3 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec, 1 / 22 / 0 rush)
A victim of the offensive struggles, D.J. Moore showed excellent strength and determination on a slant pass, catching the ball before bouncing off a defender and extending for the first down marker. Moore appeared to have nothing but green grass ahead of him on an inside handoff that was well blocked and well designed. However, after breaking through the line of scrimmage, the Saints defenders chased him down and popped the ball out just as he was increasing his speed. New Orleans recovered the ball and stifled any Carolina momentum.
2018 Week 16 vs ATL (7 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
D.J. Moore found little joy with backup quarterback Taylor Heinicke at the helm. An early deep target down the right sideline saw the pass thrown behind him on what appeared to be a miscommunication. When he got the ball in his hands on a shallow cross, he turned up the field instantly and looked dangerous, but those opportunities were few. A deep target down the left sideline late in the game fell agonisingly incomplete after Moore dove at full stretch to haul it in.
2018 Week 17 vs NO (8 / 4 / 81 / 0 rec)
D.J. Moore announced his intentions early, showing veteran savvy by bailing out his quarterback, coming back to the football and producing a nice sideline catch. Moore was unfortunate on his next catch, a beautiful dig route and cut up the field saw him ruled down inside the one-yard line after a touchdown was originally called. Undeterred, Moore came up with one of the best plays of his rookie season, tracking a deep ball down the left sideline before timing his leap. With Marshon Lattimore in tight coverage, Moore attacked the ball high in the air and came down with both feet in bounds. As the Panthers continued to attack downfield, Moore was able to draw a pass interference penalty to set up the offense inside the Saints 20. A few plays later Kyle Allen targeted Moore in the back left corner of the end zone, but the receiver was well covered.