The Panthers are exercising their fifth-year option on Moore's rookie contract, keeping him under team control through 2022, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. This was a foregone conclusion, with Moore producing 3,156 receiving yards and 234 rushing yards before his 24th birthday. He's scored only 10 touchdowns in 46 games, but the yardage should eventually translate to more trips to the end zone, especially if the Panthers can find a franchise QB. The team has Sam Darnold, P.J. Walker and Will Grier under contract ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Moore caught five of 11 targets for 101 yards during Sunday's 33-7 loss to the Saints. Moore, who was targeted early and often with his team playing from behind, finished with his fourth 100-yard game of the season. In the process, he surpassed his career high in receiving yardage set last season and has now flirted with 1,200 yards in each of the last two campaigns. This steady production has come despite many changes to the Panthers' offense, indicating that the third-year man's skillset is an enduring one. Moore will look to take another step forward next season for what should be a potent unit if Christian McCaffrey (thigh) can turn in a full year's worth of production.
Moore recorded five receptions on 10 targets for 37 yards in Week 16 against Washington. Moore commanded double-digit targets for only the second time in his last eight games. However, he lacked any explosive plays as the Panthers largely managed the game and Teddy Bridgewater rarely successfully pushed the ball downfield. As a result, Moore's longest reception of the day went for only 14 yards. He'll look to bounce back in a Week 17 matchup against the Saints.
Moore (ankle) brought in six of eight targets for 131 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers' 24-16 loss to the Packers on Saturday night. He also rushed once for one yard. Moore returned from a one-game absence due to an ankle injury and a stay on the reserve/COVID-19 list in spectacular fashion, putting a punctuation mark on his season-high yardage total with a key 40-yard reception late in the fourth quarter that got the Panthers down to the Packers' 15-yard line. Moore led Carolina's pass catchers in receptions and receiving yards while checking in second only to Curtis Samuel in targets. The 23-year-old appeared to be back to full health, so he'll look to help fantasy managers again in their postseason matchups versus Washington in a Week 16 battle on Sunday, Dec. 27.
Coach Matt Rhule said Moore (ankle) will play in Saturday's game against the Packers, David Newton of ESPN.com reports. Moore sprained his ankle prior to the Panthers' Week 13 bye, then landed on the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of the team's Week 14 loss to the Broncos. After sitting out that contest, he was removed from the list Wednesday, returning to practice as a limited participant. The Panthers are listing Moore's limitations as "non-injury-related," so he should be ready for his usual workload this weekend.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/12||New York Jets||18||23.13|
|2||09/19||New Orleans Saints||16||22.00|
|7||10/24||@New York Giants||9||20.38|
|9||11/07||New England Patriots||10||20.63|
|11||11/21||Washington Football Team||5||19.35|
|16||12/26||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||19||23.50|
|17||01/02||@New Orleans Saints||16||22.00|
|18||01/09||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||19||23.50|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||112||69||1052||3||50||15.25||128|