Where Has New Orleans Saints’ Lance Moore Been?
Fans of the New Orleans Saints are very familiar with wide receiver Lance Moore. Most probably remember his famous two-point conversion reception from Drew Brees in Super Bowl XLIV that put the Saints up by seven with less than six minutes to play in the fourth quarter. They might also remember his 1,041 receiving yards and six touchdowns from the 2012 season or his 928 reception yards in 2008.
The 2013 season is different, however. For most of the season, Moore has been a bit player, getting nowhere near the snaps he has gotten in the past. He was dealing with a hand injury earlier in the season and made his return in Week 8, but still has largely been a non-factor. So far this year, he has played in nine games, caught 21 passes for 219 yards and just one touchdown.
This may not necessarily be a result of him being 30 years old and a declining skill set, however. New Orleans has always had plenty of receivers with which to get the ball to. Having other capable play makers on the roster will make it more difficult to get the ball thrown your way, obviously, especially when those other players are the likes of Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham, Marques Colston, Darren Sproles and the reliable workhorse Pierre Thomas.
For those who might be diehard fans of Moore, the time to worry is not yet. New Orleans’ receivers all have had numbers dip a bit this year, and he did have the aforementioned hand injury earlier in the season. Though football is definitely a young man’s game, 30 is not quite over the hill just yet. If Moore still has some gas left in the tank and the ability to play, Sean Payton will continue find a place and a role for him with the Saints.