Carolina Panthers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars: Week 5 players to watch

(Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) Luke Kuechly
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Carolina Panthers v New Orleans Saints
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – DECEMBER 30: D.J. Moore #12 of the Carolina Panthers runs with the ball during the first half against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 30, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) /

D.J. Moore – WR

For the most part on Sunday in Houston, the Panthers offense struggled to find a rhythm. D.J. Moore came up big on a few third down plays to help the offense churn, but hasn’t had the breakout game we’ve expected to see from him to this point in his career. Now, it can’t be understated that he is playing under a backup quarterback who now has only three starts under his belt.

Moore’s got a long way until he can be spoken to in the same breath with Steve Smith, but the raw talent seems to be there with his run after the catch ability. Moore only saw seven targets on Sunday, half of what his counterpart saw on the other side in Curtis Samuel.

Through four games, Moore has caught 20 passes for 261 yards and a touchdown. To the contrary, through the first four games of Moore’s rookie season in 2018 he had only six catches for 103 yards and one touchdown. The second year receiver out of Maryland has definitely shown to have taken a step forward, but it would be great to see him become a go to guy for Kyle Allen and this offense.

I’ll be watching this week (especially if Jacksonville All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey doesn’t play) for Moore to break out and show why he was worth a first-round pick in 2018.