Feb. 08, 2019
Making the Leap: D.J Moore
6 Feet, 210 LBs
4.42 40 Yard Dash
14.3 Yards Per Reception
406 Yards After Catch
Widely viewed as the best Wide Receiver from the 2018 Draft Class, D.J Moore’s rookie season did nothing to quell that hype. Officially breaking out on November 18th, 2018 vs the Detroit Lions, Moore exploded with 7 Receptions for 157 Yards and a touchdown. Moore became more involved with the offense after his breakout, even if the Panthers hit a stall in their offense over the last couple of weeks. Moore ended up playing 69.5% of his team’s snaps in 2018, a number that is almost certain to rise in 2018. Why?
Devin Funchess is a Free Agent. Once thought to be the heir to Kelvin Benjamin, (Remember Him???) Funchess faded in 2018. The drafting of Moore in the first round suggests the Panthers’ brass do not view Funchess as a No.1 WR, and are unlikely to pay what’ll be required to keep him. The departure of Devin Funchess opens up 79 targets in the Carolina offense. Assuming Christian McCaffrey doesn’t decide to take all of those targets, it opens up opportunities for Moore to dramatically improve his target share from 2018. All he needs is the ball, as his 406 YAC in 2018 prove that when he has the ball in his hands, good things happen.
Moore also received 22.2% of Red Zone targets in the Panthers’ offense, a number that could rise with the departure of Devin Funchess.
Moore has the physicality and elusiveness of a Running Back. His 406 Yards After the Catch were #13 among all Wide Receivers, as the Panthers found ways to utilize their Rookie Wide Receiver in space. He has the physical tools to be a presence in the Red Zone and the elusiveness to create big plays where there aren’t any. As Cam Newton transitions into a more sedentary style as a passer, look for D.J Moore to become his favorite receiving weapon this side of McCaffrey.
Projection: Low End WR2/Flex