The Carolina Panthers have something special on their hands.
There is no denying how athletic Carolina Panthers wide receiver DJ Moore is. I knew as soon as the Panthers selected him in the draft last year that the team had a special wide receiver on their hands. However, this year he is proving himself to be special in another way.
The Carolina Panthers have a new identity without Cam Newton as the starting quarterback. No matter your opinions of him, there is no denying that Newton brought tremendous experience to the position. Now, with Kyle Allen at the helm, the Carolina Panthers have been forced to adjust. Moore has probably been forced to adjust as well. However, he is still putting up tremendously productive numbers.
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On the season, the Maryland product has caught 54 passes for 684 yards and a touchdown. Those are very impressive numbers given that Allen is a second-year player. Perhaps more encouraging, the duo of Moore and Allen are beginning to build trust. With Allen being the starting quarterback for the foreseeable future, that is certainly encouraging.
This isn’t just lip-service either. The proof is in the statistics. On Sunday, Moore hauled in 11 passes for 120 yards, averaging 13.3 yards per reception. A 38-yard grab was his longest of the afternoon. It’s encouraging to see him continue to thrive. He has given the Panthers a deep threat they haven’t had in years. His athleticism and agility are also things that have made him one of the most talented receivers in the National Football League.
Right now, Allen is beginning to realize what Moore can do. As receiver, anytime your quarterback feels comfortable in you, that definitely means more targets coming your way. Especially after his big performance on Sunday, I could see Moore continuing to be a huge part of the offense. It’s why the Carolina Panthers drafted him so high in the first round. They were expecting production out of him, and so far he has delivered.
"“He isn’t afraid to be physical and use his body,” Allen said of Moore. “You have that trust in him because you know if you are going to put it out there it’s going to be his ball or no one’s. Even if you give him a not-so-great ball, he’s going to fight through to catch that ball or it’s going to be incomplete.”Added Moore: “It’s all having trust in each other. I’m going to be where he wants me to be when the ball is out of his hand.”"
I love to hear that the two have similar goals. It sounds like their building quite a rapport. That could be scary for the rest of the National Football League moving forward. As the Carolina Panthers look to stay in the playoff hunt, expect more out of these two in the coming weeks.