Moore caught one pass off of two targets for 21 yards in Sunday's win over Oakland. Moore had scored touchdowns in four of five games entering Sunday, but delivered his second worst performance of the season against the Raiders. Moore has developed a rapport with Matthew Stafford, leading the Lions in touchdown catches. Without touchdowns, however, Moore doesn't have much value, tallying more than three catches in a game just twice all year. His nose for the end zone makes him an intriguing player, but his lack of supplemental production limits him to a buyer-beware pick-up.
Moore three passes off of six targets for 29 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over Green Bay. Through nine games, the Lions' leader in receiving touchdowns is not Calvin Johnson or Eric Ebron or Golden Tate. It's Lance Moore. Moore, who caught all of eight passes during the first four games of the season, has now scored in four of the Lions' last five games. The veteran slot man has topped 55 yards just once this season, but may be worth a pickup in case he's able to keep up his scoring pace.
Moore caught three passes off of three targets for 29 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss to Kansas City. Moore turned up the right sideline during a Matthew Stafford scramble, hauled in the pass and rolled into the end zone for the Lions' only touchdown of the game. He is now tied with Calvin Johnson and Eric Ebron for the team lead in touchdowns with three. Moore came aboard to provide a veteran presence to the Lions' offense and to help his teammates with former offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi's scheme. Instead, the 32-year-old slot man has become a scoring threat and a deep target, his six catches of 20 or more yards ranking second on the team behind Johnson's eight.
Moore was not targeted in Sunday's loss to Minnesota. After collecting 11 receptions and two touchdowns over the previous two weeks, Moore didn't see a pass come his way on Sunday. One of Moore's greatest values on the Lions was his familiarity with former offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi's scheme dating back to their time together in New Orleans. With Jim Bob Cooter, who worked as an assistant under head coach Jim Caldwell in Indianapolis, taking over the offense, that value may be minimized. Any interest in Moore should be suspended until the new-look Lions offense shows its colors.
Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi is impressed with Moore's feel for the game, David Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. After catching eight passes on 14 targets through the first four weeks of the season, Moore has snagged 11 passes off of 14 targets in the last two games, scoring both of his 2015 touchdowns in the process. Moore may be the Lions player most familiar with Lombardi's offense dating back to the two's time in New Orleans. His understanding of the scheme, and the Lions' dependence on throwing the ball, may have turned Moore into quarterback Matthew Stafford's new security blanket.
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