Denarius Moore Must Correct Second-Half Struggles For Oakland Raiders

By Devin O'Barr
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When the Oakland Raiders selected Denarius Moore in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL draft, the team knew immediately he could be a deep threat for years to come.

On the surface, Moore’s 2013 campaign looks leaps and bounds better than his rookie year, but he hit the sophomore slump halfway through the year.

During the first first seven games, Moore averaged nearly 70 yards per game and scored four touchdowns. Over the Raiders’ final eight games, he averaged 32.0 yards and scored just three times. This is not because of Carson Palmer‘s injury, either, because he went down with a broken rib and only missed one game. In Palmer’s absence, Moore caught one pass, a five-yard touchdown.

Moore looks to be big in the Raiders’ rebuilding process as he is just 24 years old and already has 12 touchdowns to his name.

If the Raiders hope to rival the Denver Broncos for AFC West notoriety, they must be able to throw the long ball because Peyton Manning isn’t leaving for at least another three years and the Kansas City Chiefs now have a passing attack.

Palmer’s passing game was not the issue in 2012 as he threw for the most yards since 2007 when he and the Cincinnati Bengals were contenders. We’ll see how the Raiders handle leading receiver Brandon Myers entering the free agent pool as one of the most highly regarded tight ends. Nonetheless, Moore will have to mature if they hope to contend in 2013.

I expect big things out of Moore this year because he and Palmer have another year under their belts and are getting more familiar with each snap.

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