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Carolina Panthers wide receiver D.J. Moore makes all-under-25 team

The Panthers’ 2018 first round draft pick finished second league-wide in missed tackles (17) and first in yards after the catch per reception (7.91)

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DJ Moore ripped the Lions
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Former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith called D.J. Moore his ‘spirit animal’ after watching him in the preseason and said that the Panthers had finally replaced him. I took it as hyperbole from one of the most flamboyant players in NFL history. I mean it is Smitty we are talking about. But after seeing Moore play as a rookie and reviews like this one below makes me think Smitty might be right.

Wide receiver: D.J. Moore, Carolina Panthers (22 as of Sept. 5). The age cutoff for this piece eliminates a flock of stars -- Tyreek Hill (25), Michael Thomas (26), Mike Evans (25) and Amari Cooper (turning 25 in June) — but Moore fits here as Carolina’s tough-as-nails heir to Steve Smith. The rookie brought rugged traits to Carolina’s air attack, finishing second league-wide in missed tackles (17) and first in yards after the catch per reception (7.91) among wideouts with 40-plus grabs. Corners, safeties and cowed would-be tacklers learned that Moore delights in chaos, as the first-rounder led all receivers in yards after contact per reception (5.06), the mark of a formidable punch-for-punch pass-catcher anointed by Smith as his ”spirit animal,” with Smith saying: “They have never been able to replace me. Until today.” Atlanta’s Calvin Ridley is equally deserving, but Moore is my choice today.

As it turns out there are two different flavors of D.J. Moore highlight video available on You Tube. You will want to watch both of these videos because I’m going to poll you on your favorite later. Besides you love it and it’s the offseason and you are starting to really Jonesing for some football.

First up I present you the classic highlight video, the plays with the live audio from the booth to give it context.

Your second ‘flavor’ is the modern highlight. Instead of live audio it instead plays music over the mash up of plays. Some of the modern versions use parts of different songs but they stick to one genre, usually hip hop or head banging cookie monster. Others like this one simply make the highlight reel fit the length of single song. Sometimes I really hate the song selection. This one is an exception, a hip hop song called Sicko Mode, fits the reel pretty well.

‘Sicko Mode’ by QC Panthers Media

I really wish I had a head banging cookie monster version to offer as a third option but you will have to do without for now (until someone makes one).

So are you as stoked as I am to see Moore’s sophomore season? How can you not be after seeing those videos? Steve Smith’s spirit animal baby! Or is Smith actually Moore’s spirit animal? Hmmm…I’m not sure how the analogy works but I like it!

Hell I’m thinking of starting a weekly ‘spirit animal’ award to the player who best exemplified the spirit of Steve Smith in the game. So if that doesn’t get you fired up I got nothing for you.


Which type of video do you prefer of these two, the classic version or the modern hip hop?

This poll is closed

  • 53%
    (112 votes)
  • 31%
    Modern hip hop
    (65 votes)
  • 14%
    Neither - give me head banging cookie monster!
    (31 votes)
208 votes total Vote Now