Carolina Panthers wide receiver D.J. Moore is already generating national attention…
The Carolina Panthers had an obvious need at the wide receiver position after trading away Kelvin Benjamin last season. Devin Funchess continues to both develop and improve but even after selecting Curtis Samuel last year, new Panthers general manager Marty Hurney targeted a wide receiver with the team’s first pick this season.
D.J. Moore was the first wide receiver taken off the board in the NFL Draft and has an opportunity in Carolina to grow into a legitimate number one threat. Hurney also traded for a veteran in Torrey Smith, the most seasoned from a long list of receiving options for quarterback Cam Newton this year.
Currently, there are 12 players on the roster listed at receiver as Carolina attempts to find six legitimate targets for the offense. Nine have two or fewer years of experience, but the skills and playmaking capabilities of the group create some intriguing candidates.
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One of those is Moore, who as the first-round pick is likely a lock to secure one of the six spots in addition to Funchess and Smith. The remaining nine guys will be competing for three openings helping to create one of the main position battles to keep an eye on as training camp unfolds.
Just through rookie camp and a few team practices, Moore has been impressive. Sports Illustrated reporter Albert Breer recently named Moore as one of the most impressive players in all NFL camps across the league.
Along with second overall pick Saquon Barkley, running back for the New York Giants, Moore was heralded for his movement and ability to grasp the offense. Players have yet to put on pads but Moore has displayed great athleticism and already made some impressive catches through the first few weeks.
Learning alongside Smith, Moore could be poised for a big year in the Panthers offense.