One Panthers player named to PFF’s Team of the Week
The Carolina Panthers were represented by a rookie…
As Week 1 of the NFL preseason wraps up and the focus turns on to Week 2, several players were recognized for their stellar performances in their team’s preseason openers by Pro Football Focus. One of those players was a member of the Carolina Panthers, and he goes by the name of D.J. Moore. Moore was named to the website’s Team of the Week on Monday
Michael Renner of Pro Football Focus gave his review of Moore’s play.
"Moore was as advertised in his first preseason play. H=e hauled in all four of his targets for 75 yards. He also flashed his superb run-after-catch ability, breaking three tackles on one second-half catch."
I would certainly agree with Renner’s sentiments. For one, Moore was nearly impossible to tackle as it almost seemed as though he evaded the tackles of the defense with ease. His speed and ability to make plays was on full display. He does not appear to be the type of player that is a one-hit wonder. Once given the opportunity, he definitely has the talent to perform at a consistent level.
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There is no question that he deserves the praise. I am really excited to see how he does against some of the tougher secondaries in the National Football League. Just in the division alone, he will have to go up against the likes of Vernon Hargreaves, Marshon Lattimore, and Desmond Trufant. Those will be matchups that will certainly be worth watching.
David Onyemata was the only other NFC South representative on a Week 1 team, and that was on the defensive side of the football. Playing for the New Orleans Saints, he was honored as the top rookie defensive end of the week.
It will be interesting to see how Moore does against the Miami Dolphins. They have a secondary that includes emerging talents in Bobby McCain and Xavier Howard. Although not Pro Bowl locks at the moment, they certainly have the ability to give Moore fits at any given moment. How he responds to their pressure will be intriguing.
This will probably not be the only accolade in Moore’s career. If Thursday night was any indication, he will be getting several more awards throughout the course of his time in the National Football League. Carolina Panthers fans should be encouraged by what they saw on Thursday as it looks like he will fit very well in the offensive-minded NFL.