Moore's prospects have risen since Monday's announcement that DeAndre Hopkins faces a six-game suspension to kick off the 2022 season, Jess Root of USA Today reports. The ban regards performance-enhancing substances, and in Hopkins' absence, newly acquired Marquise Brown, A.J. Green, Moore and even Antoine Wesley stand to benefit at wide receiver. Considering Hopkins works mostly on the outside, Brown likely will join Green there on the majority of snaps, leaving the slot open for the likes of Moore and veteran tight end Zach Ertz. Moore, a 2021 second-round pick, fared modestly as a rookie last season, recording 54 catches (on 64 targets) for 435 yards and one touchdown while taking 18 carries for 76 yards in 14 contests.
Moore caught five of seven targets for 32 yards in Monday night's 34-11 wild-card round loss to the Rams. Moore, making his first appearance since suffering an ankle injury Week 15, trailed only Christian Kirk in all major receiving categories for the Cardinals. Although his rookie campaign now is over, Moore finished the regular season with 54 catches on 64 targets for 435 yards and a touchdown in 14 games. He also rushed 18 times for 76 yards. Given his skill set, Arizona will aim to incorporate Moore more often next season, while it's unclear whether free agents Christian Kirk and A.J. Green will return to the team's receiving corps. While his speed occasionally flashed, Moore will need to develop into more of a downfield threat to improve his value, but his 7.2 yards per offensive touch was productive. The second-rounder also may continue to be involved on special teams, where he returned 21 punts for 171 yards and 13 kickoffs for 291 yards this season.
Moore (ankle) is active for Monday's wild-card contest against the Rams, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. Making his first appearance since Week 15, Moore will be putting an end to a three-game absence due to an ankle injury. He gained clearance after putting in a pregame warmup and stretching routine, per Urban. Moore wasn't exactly productive in the three contests following Arizona's Week 12 bye, combining for 36 yards from scrimmage and no TDs on 13 touches, but with DeAndre Hopkins (knee) on injured reserve, Moore will join A.J. Green, Christian Kirk and Antoine Wesley as the team's top wide receivers.
Moore (ankle) is listed as questionable for Monday's wild-card contest at the Rams, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports. For the second week in a row, the Cardinals listed Moore as limited on all three practice reports. But he's in the midst of a three-game absence due to a lingering ankle injury. Considering it's win-or-go-home season, Moore likely will put in a pregame warmup to see if he can suit up Monday, which will be confirmed, one way or another, about 90 minutes before an 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff.
Moore (ankle) was listed as a limited participant in Friday's practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. Moore wasn't spotted on the field during the portion of Friday's practice that was open to the media, but he apparently did enough behind the scenes to maintain a limited listing for the second day in a row. Since the rookie wideout missed the final three games of the regular season with the ankle injury, he'll most likely need to upgrade to full activity in Saturday's practice if he's to avoid taking an injury designation into Monday's wild-card matchup with the Rams. Moore concluded the regular season with 54 catches for 435 yards and a touchdown on 64 targets to go with 18 carries for 76 yards in 14 contests.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/11||Kansas City Chiefs||28||23.80|
|2||09/18||@Las Vegas Raiders||3||17.67|
|3||09/25||Los Angeles Rams||22||22.05|
|7||10/20||New Orleans Saints||15||20.94|
|10||11/13||@Los Angeles Rams||22||22.05|
|11||11/21||San Francisco 49ers||19||21.90|
|12||11/27||Los Angeles Chargers||2||17.00|
|14||12/12||New England Patriots||5||18.56|
|16||12/25||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||20.53|
|18||01/08||@San Francisco 49ers||19||21.90|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||64||54||435||1||18||8.06||54|