Heading into the 2013 season, it was assumed that Denarius Moore would be the Oakland Raiders’ top wide receiver. With the recent word out of training camp, though, Moore could be headed for No. 2 duties by the time the regular season rolls around.
Early indications are that second-year receiver Rod Streater has been the biggest standout for the Raiders’ passing game at the start of training camp. According to reports, he’s catching everything that comes his way after struggling with drops during his rookie season and appears to have matured tremendously over the offseason.
Moore, meanwhile, has been under fire for his inability to separate himself from the rest of the pack.
“He’s going to have to go up and make the contested plays, and he’s going to have to make sure he doesn’t have those concentration drops that he had at times last year,” Raiders head coach Dennis Allen told CSN Bay Area. “[It’s] as much about the mental part of it as the physical part of it.”
Moore is the prototypical No. 1 NFL wide receiver, but has been extremely inconsistent in his first two seasons. The Raiders are still holding out hope that he can be the go-to guy in 2013, but has yet to put all of the pieces together. He’s often plagued by drops – dropped 15 percent of the catchable passes thrown his way last season – and hasn’t been able to consistently make the tough catches expected from top receivers.
Despite his head coach’s concerns, Moore still believes he can be the No. 1 receiver for the Raiders.
“I absolutely do,” Moore said. “It’s all about getting that swagger back and regaining confidence in myself, to know that I am [the No. 1 receiver].”
The departure of Darrius Heyward-Bey opened a door for either Moore or Streater to steal the show in Oakland this year. Which one steps up to the plate, though, is still to be determined. With the way it’s going right now, it might not be Moore who makes the jump in 2013.