Moore hauled in one of his two targets for a 51-yard touchdown reception Sunday in the Panthers' 31-24 loss to the Falcons. He also gained seven yards on his lone carry of the afternoon. Though the rookie first-round pick has yet to carve out a major role in the Panthers' passing game, he put his dynamic speed and athleticism on display in Week 2. With Carolina trailing by 14 points late in the fourth quarter, Moore found a soft spot in the defense around the Atlanta 35-yard line, then stiff-armed a would-be tackler and outran multiple defenders for the score. Quarterback Cam Newton looked Moore's way again for a potential game-tying touchdown as time expired, but the wideout let a Hail Mary heave slip through his hands in the end zone while being blanketed by the Atlanta secondary. Despite the disappointing end to his day, Moore, who logged 17 offensive snaps for the second straight week, appears to have earned himself more opportunities in the Panthers' games to come. In his Monday meeting with the media, head coach Ron Rivera said one of his primary objectives will be to get Moore more involved offensively going forward, per Joe Person of The Athletic.
Moore could get work in the return game with Damiere Byrd (knee) ruled out for Sunday's contest in Atlanta, the Panthers' official website reports. Coach Ron Rivera said the injury could also create more opportunities for Moore on offense, but that doesn't really make any sense given that Byrd strictly played special teams last week against Dallas. Moore took just 17 snaps on offense, finishing with one carry for three yards while failing to draw a target. The rookie first-round pick is working as the No. 4 wide receiver in a problematic offense, but he could move up the depth chart as the season progresses.
Moore was not targeted in Sunday's 16-8 win over the Cowboys, but did rush once for three yards. Moore also returned a punt for 15 yards. The rookie first-rounder was only on the field for a quarter of Carolina's offensive plays, supporting recent reports that he'd begin his career behind veterans Devin Funchess, Torrey Smith and Jarius Wright on the depth chart. While that's a tad disappointing given his draft pegging, Moore should have the opportunity to earn more snaps as the season unfolds. For a start, he'll look to get his first catch in this weekend's game versus the Falcons.
Moore likely will start the season as Carolina's fourth or fifth wide receiver, David Newton of ESPN.com reports. The rookie first-round pick caught four of six targets for 75 yards in the preseason opener, but was then held without a catch in the second week of the exhibition schedule, and he reportedly hasn't been a consistent performer at practice. With veterans Devin Funchess, Torrey Smith and Jarius Wright expected to get most of the snaps in three-wideout formations, Moore and Curtis Samuel are fighting for part-time roles to start the season, with both hoping to see more work as the year goes on. Moore does at least offer some upside, which is more than can be said of Smith or Wright at this point in their respective career. The rookie made headlines in a negative way earlier this week when he was pulled over for driving 113 mph in a 65 mph zone, according to Michael Gordon of The Charlotte Observer. Head coach Ron Rivera didn't sound too worried about the incident, mentioning that Moore immediately came to the team and told them what happened. It's not the sort of thing that's likely to lead to league discipline.
Moore didn't haul in either of his two targets during Friday's 27-20 win over the Dolphins in the second preseason game. Moore's goose egg came after he led Carolina with 75 yards on four receptions from six targets in the exhibition opener. Along with not catching a pass, one of his targets Friday actually resulted in an interception for backup Taylor Heinicke after the ball was jarred out of his hands. With the Panthers' dress rehearsal coming up Friday against the Patriots, Moore will aim to bounce back with another prominent preseason performance. Regardless, the rookie first-rounder is slated to be an instrumental member of new coordinator Norv Turner's offense this season.
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|15||12/18||New Orleans Saints||32||42.00|
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