Carolina Panthers D.J. Moore selected as breakout receiver
Carolina Panthers second-year receiver, D.J. Moore, selected to breakout in 2019.
Since quarterback Cam Newton joined the Carolina Panthers as the number one overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the team has been in search of a complementary receiver. His first few years, Newton was aided by Steve Smith before becoming more reliant on tight end Greg Olsen, but ultimately Smith departed and Olsen has been injured as of late.
In the meantime, Carolina spent six draft picks, over eight years, including two first-round selections vying for a legitimate number one option on the outside. One of those, Kelvin Benjamin, appeared poised for a solid career before an injury and other issues forced him out. Devin Funchess was another with potential who exited this past offseason after a steady influx of youth with tremendous upside.
D.J. Moore, the other first-rounder who joined the Panthers since Newton has been under center, displayed his tremendous athleticism and promise when given the opportunity last season. Catching 55 balls for 788 yards and two touchdowns, Moore is expected to receive a significant increase in playing time after the departure of Funchess.
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Selected by Dan Graziano, NFL Insider for ESPN, as a breakout receiver for the 2019 season – Moore should also increase his production. Not only will a healthy Newton aid in his contributions to the offense but a full offseason of development will also help. Paired with Olsen, former second-round pick Curtis Samuel and a couple of veterans – Torrey Smith, Chris Hogan – his play should improve.
Moore already has the endorsement of Smith, given when he was selected, and if he can put up anywhere near the same type of numbers then he’s going to enjoy a great season. One of the many weapons offensive coordinator Norv Turner is expected to utilize during the year, the Panthers should rebound after dropping seven of eight to conclude 2018.
View the other breakout receiver candidates selected on NFL Live here.