D.J. Moore leads the Carolina Panthers in yards gained
Things have been difficult for D.J. Moore through five weeks. Poor quarterback play from Baker Mayfield coupled with Ben McAdoo’s vanilla scheme on offense means the Maryland product is en route to career-low numbers, but there is still time for the Carolina Panthers to shift this narrative surrounding their best pass-catching weapon.
Moore’s consistency over the last three seasons when all around him seemingly crumbled indicates recent struggles are not his doing. It’s putting the former first-round selection in positions to thrive that’s been the biggest complication for McAdoo.
Sunday’s clash with the Los Angeles Rams will be a difficult one for Moore. The wideout is going to see a lot of Jalen Ramsey, who remains the league’s most prolific cornerback and an elite shutdown presence on the outside.
If Ramsey shadows Moore throughout, then it’s vital that P.J. Walker doesn’t force the football in his direction. The onus is also on McAdoo to provide the wideout with opportunities to gain yards after the catch, which is what he does best.
Moore has to have a breakout game at some stage. He is far too talented for anything else and ending Week 6 with the most yards gained of any Panthers’ playmaker is an ambitious but attainable goal.