Moore brought in four of five targets for 20 yards and rushed once for five yards in the Panthers' 52-21 loss to the Steelers on Thursday. Moore put together his second consecutive modest performance after generating some buzz in fantasy circles with a five-catch, 90-yard effort versus the Ravens two games ago. The rookie simply couldn't get anything going down the field Thursday, and with one of his receptions going for 11 yards, he averaged a minuscule three yards per grab on his other three. The Panthers' pass distribution continues to heavily center on Christian McCaffrey and Greg Olsen most weeks, making Moore, regardless of his undeniable upside, hard to trust from game to game. He'll look to get his numbers back up versus the Lions in a Week 11 tilt on Nov. 18.
Moore brought in one of two targets for 16 yards, added 32 rushing yards on his sole carry and fumbled once in the Panthers' 42-28 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday. Big things were anticipated from Moore in his second straight start in place of Torrey Smith (knee), but he provided only modest production. The rookie surprisingly was targeted just twice, as Cam Newton focused heavily on both Christian McCaffrey and Greg Olsen in the passing game. Moore will look to bounce back with a more productive performance in a Week 10 Thursday night battle against the Steelers, a game that Smith may be hard-pressed to be ready for.
Moore should maintain a significant role in the Carolina offense with Torrey Smith (knee) ruled out for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay, David Newton of ESPN.com reports. Moore took full advantage of Smith's absence last week against a tough Ravens defense, catching five of six targets for 90 yards and adding 39 yards on two carries as his snap share spiked to a season-high 71 percent. The rookie gets a much softer matchup Sunday, giving him a nice opportunity to continue making a case for a key role in the offense even after Smith returns. In any event, Smith could have a tough time making it back in Week 10 with the Panthers traveling to Pittsburgh for a Thursday night game.
Coach Ron Rivera said Moore "should see an increased number" of offensive snaps Sunday against the Ravens in the absence of Torrey Smith (knee), Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports. Moore slowly but surely has increased his target count as his rookie season has progressed, settling at five both of the last two games. His peripheral numbers suggest he's due for a breakout if Cam Newton (shoulder) looks his way more often -- 14.7 YPC and 10.6 YPT -- but until that happens it's tough to rely on him on a weekly basis. Fortunately for Moore, Smith's 4.5 targets per game are up for grabs this weekend.
Moore caught three of five targets for 29 yards in Sunday's 21-17 win over the Eagles. Moore played just under half of Carolina's offensive snaps, but has now seen five targets in back-to-back games. While that's the high mark for him thus far, Moore remains mixed in with Torrey Smith and Jarius Wright for looks behind top targets Devin Funchess, Greg Olsen and Christian McCaffrey, capping his upside on a weekly basis.
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