4 Panthers players who need to improve against the Cardinals

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D.J. Moore – Carolina Panthers WR

It’s not as if D.J. Moore is playing badly, but the Carolina Panthers are going to need a lot more from their star wide receiver against the Arizona Cardinals.

Kyler Murray is in all likelihood going to put up some substantial points, as has been the case during the opening three games. This will put the onus on Carolina’s offense to do the same and Moore needs to emerge as the focal point in the absence of star running back Christian McCaffrey.

Moore wasn’t much of a factor for the Panthers in their triumph at the Chargers. He did latch on to a Teddy Bridgewater deep ball for a big gain. But few would argue he isn’t being outshined by fellow wideout Robby Anderson during the early stages of the campaign.

The former first-round pick has a catch success rate percentage of just 53.3, which is a significant dip from the 64.4% from his breakout season in 2019. Moore is steadily improving chemistry with Bridgewater with every passing game and this should bring improved production from a player who has accumulated 14 receptions and 239 receiving yards this season.

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Moore is going to get a stiff test against Arizona’s standout cornerback Patrick Peterson, who has long been regarded as one of the best in the business despite his best years being behind him. But he has more than enough tools at his disposal to make a real difference.