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We want some Moore: A reflection on D.J. Moore’s rookie season

The Panthers’ 2018 first round draft pick showed much promise, and he is only getting started.

Ed. Note: Please welcome CSR’s newest contributor Jason Hewitt, who is making his debut with this article. -BS

For a rookie wide receiver whose quarterback was injured for the majority of the year, D.J. Moore played exceptionally well.

Let’s be honest here. Moore should not have performed as well as he did. Cam Newton’s shoulder injury prevented any opportunity for him to throw any deep balls for Moore to take advantage of. This season, he had 788 receiving yards and two touchdowns, along with 172 rushing yards. That’s an impressive year, considering all of the circumstances he faced.

According to Pro Football Focus, Moore received the highest grade of all rookie wideouts this season.

Moore’s player grade (72.6) beat out other rookie ratings from the likes of Robert Foster, Calvin Ridley, and Tre’Quan Smith. Here’s some even better news: Moore is only going to improve on his craft. Panthers fans should be excited about the production from the No. 24 overall pick, considering that he is still developing.


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