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 on 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.
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 was surprisingly only targeted 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 versus the Bucs, giving him a nice opportunity to continue making his case for a key role in the offense even after Smith returns. In any case, Smith could have a tough time making it back for a Thursday game against the Steelers in Week 10.
Moore caught five of six targets for 90 yards and added 39 yards on two carries in Sunday's 36-21 win over the Ravens.
Moore was promised a larger role with Torrey Smith (knee) out, and the rookie delivered with the biggest game of his young career. He tied for the team lead in targets and was far and away the Panthers' leader in receiving yards on the day. The 2018 first-round pick also accounted for Carolina's two biggest gains in the contest, with a 33-yard deep ball in the second quarter and a 28-yard gain on the ground after recovering a Cam Newton fumble nine yards behind the line of scrimmage a short time later. While that kind of rushing output shouldn't be counted on to continue, a Week 9 tilt with a weak Tampa Bay defense should make Moore a viable start, especially if Smith is forced to miss more time.
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.
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|13||12/2/18||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ NO||1:00 pm|
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