New Orleans Saints Training Camp Profile: Lance Moore

By Ben Sullivan
Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Lance Moore has quietly been one of the most consistent receivers in the NFL the last few years. Oftentimes his contributions have been overlooked on a talented New Orleans Saints offense, but his slow and steady production has been invaluable to its success.

The Saints offense has been one of the best in the league for years now, and with the return of head coach Sean Payton from his year long-suspension, 2013 should be another dominant year for Drew Brees and company.

And that will mean another good year for Moore. One of the best slot receivers in the NFL, he is primed to get his share of targets this year. Those targets can be hard to come by in New Orleans with talented receivers like Jimmy Graham, Marques Colston and Darren Sproles in the arsenal, but fighting for his share of the NFL pie is nothing new to Moore.

An undrafted free agent from the University of Toledo in 2005, Moore even spent time in NFL Europe before finding a home in New Orleans. His skill set is one that the league took a long time to embrace, but now is in higher demand than ever.

Slot receiver is quickly becoming one of the most important positions in the league, and Moore is a matchup nightmare for defenses when he lines up there. He excels at finding the soft spots in the defense and getting open when Brees needs him the most, and he’s only getting better with age.

He hauled in 65 passes last year, only one behind his best ever, for 1,041 yards, the first time in his career he’s gone over the 1000-yard mark. He gets open all the time, has great hands and moves the chains for one of the most dynamic offenses in the league.

With Payton, the architect of the that dynamic offense, back at the helm, Devery Henderson gone to the Washington Redskins, and Drew Brees back under center, Moore is in prime position to have the best year of his already overachieving NFL career.

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