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Denarius Moore: Next Great Oakland Raiders Receiver

Denarius Moore

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

In the midst of the all the turmoil that the Oakland Raiders have seen on offense thus far, wide receiver Denarius Moore has came through in recent weeks.

A fifth-round pick out of Tennessee in the 2011 NFL Draft, he impressed coaches and made the Raiders’ final 53-man roster. In just his second game, he recorded five catches for 146 receiving yards and a circus 50-yard touchdown catch while adding a 25-yard rush — the dual-threat ability is there.

Prior to Week 11 of last year, Moore has had relatively quiet success, largely in part to incumbent quarterback Carson Palmer being under center for the Raiders during much of Moore’s first two seasons. Since, Moore has lead the Raiders with 35 catches, 584 yards and five touchdowns.

Moore has been perfecting his craft by matching his football skills with his natural athleticism. With 4.4 speed and the ability to drag defenders for extra yards, he is willing to do it all: catching the short ball and deep balls, and showing ferocious competitiveness while fighting for extra yards.

His tremendous speed and ability to make plays after the catch is what separates him from so many other receivers. Two of his last three touchdowns catches have been him just flat-out burning defensive backs. He has quickly emerged as quarterback Terrelle Pryor‘s favorite target. Impressively, he has averaged 89 yards per game and scored three touchdowns over the past four weeks.

If Pryor can get an offensive line and some solid protection up front, it will give Moore time to get open, and these two will be a deadly combination. When Moore gets the ball in his hands, he is as effective as any great receiver in football. By flashing signs of tremendous potential, Moore has the Raiders organization and fans alike excited.

It’s early, but with some added tools to the offensive line, this Raiders’ offense will be great and Moore could be one of the best in the business.