The Ravens entered camp with their top three receivers locked down, leaving the No.4 spot up for grabs. Moore was considered the favorite to take that spot and he's done nothing to lose any ground. According to Hensley, Moore was the star of Friday's practice, nabbing a one-handed grab over Marlon Humphrey while drawing an interference. Moore's grasp on the No.4 receiver spot leaves the likes of Breshad Perriman, Jaleel Scott, Jordan Lasley, and Tim White to battle it out for the remaining receiver spots on the 53-man roster.
Moore looked good during offseason practices, but he'll likely enter training camp behind Michael Crabtree, John Brown and Willie Snead on the depth chart, ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley reports.
A 2016 fourth-round pick, Moore barely played as a rookie and caught only 18 of 38 targets for 248 yards and three touchdowns last season. He probably fits best as a part-time deep threat and kickoff return specialist, but the recent history of the players ahead of him hints at potential for a larger role. Crabtree, Brown and Snead all missed multiple games last year, and none was particularly effective when healthy. The Ravens could turn to Moore, fourth-round rookie Jaleel Scott or fifth-round rookie Jordan Lasley if the veteran offseason additions don't pan out.
Moore (concussion) wrapped up his second professional season with 18 catches for 248 yards and three touchdowns on 38 targets in 2017.
Entering the season, Moore was buried as deep as fifth on the wide receiver depth chart and was expected to play a very minor role in the Ravens' passing attack. However, Breshad Perriman's dropoff and Michael Campanaro's durability issues opened the door for Moore to make an impact and he took advantage of the opportunity. Moore finished fifth on the team and third among receivers in receiving yards and his three touchdowns ranked second among Baltimore pass catchers. The outlook for next season is relatively bright for Moore with Mike Wallace hitting unrestricted free agency and Jeremy Maclin potentially becoming a cap casualty. However, if Baltimore loses both of those veterans, the Ravens would likely look to bring in some added receiver depth via free agency or the draft. Still, Moore likely did enough in 2017 to be the No. 2 or No. 3 receiver for the Ravens in 2018.
Moore was ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's game against the Bengals with a concussion, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
Moore sparked the Ravens offense with an 87-yard kick return at the end of the first half, and subsequently caught a six-yard touchdown from Joe Flacco, his only catch of the game. The 24-year-old bobbled his other target that was intercepted and returned for a touchdown by Bengals cornerback Darqueze Dennard. Moore will enter the league-mandated concussion protocol and will need to pass the five necessary stages in order to be cleared for next week, assuming the Ravens are able to make the playoffs.
Moore caught both of his targets for 29 yards in Saturday's win over the Colts.
While Moore did play a healthy dose of snaps Saturday, he saw a meager two targets. For context, Breshad Perriman saw four targets on just 30 snaps and reserve tight end Nick Boyle saw four targets as well. Moore is clearly being given the chance to prove himself as a present and future piece of the receiving corps, but he's having difficulty establishing any sort of meaningful rapport with quarterback Joe Flacco. If Jeremy Maclin returns in Week 17, Moore could have even more trouble seeing targets against the Bengals.
|4||9/30/18||@ PIT||8:20 pm|
|5||10/7/18||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|6||10/14/18||@ TEN||4:25 pm|
|8||10/28/18||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
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|14||12/9/18||@ KC||1:00 pm|
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