4 emerging alphas from Carolina Panthers OTAs in 2021

Dean Jones
(Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports) Jaycee Horn
(Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports) Jaycee Horn /
2 of 5
Carolina Panthers
(Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports) D.J. Moore /

D.J. Moore – Carolina Panthers WR

This is a huge year ahead for D.J. Moore. The wide receiver has a new number and appears to have everything going for him in terms of further progression next season, which could see him enter the elite bracket for players at the position in the process.

Moore hasn’t had a stable presence at quarterback throughout his career and still managed to put together back-to-back 1,000-yard campaigns. This is a testament not only to the former first-round pick’s ability to make the best out of a bad situation, but also leaves plenty of reasons to be encouraged about his chances of hitting greater heights in 2021.

Much will depend on how Moore develops chemistry with quarterback Sam Darnold. This lack of cohesion with Teddy Bridgewater was glaringly obvious during his one and only season under center and if these problems don’t resurface with yet another signal-caller to rely on, the sky is the limit.

With Robby Anderson absent from OTAs – which are voluntary – Moore used this opportunity to enhance his status as the alpha on the Panthers.

This is a pivotal season ahead for the Maryland product after he had his fifth-year option picked up. Another strong campaign, coupled with improved touchdowns, will result in a massive payday.

High stakes and expectations for Moore, obviously. But it is a challenge he is sure to be relishing.