It’s way too early to make any wild predictions but Darrius Heyward-Bey was warned. The early returns on Denarius Moore are looking good. So good in fact that Jason Campbell is comparing the 5th round pick to Jacoby Ford. Steve Corkran quotes Campbell after yesterday’s camp session.
“He’s like one of those guys that you pick up late in the draft, and you wonder, ‘How did this guy fall?’ He’s so talented, he’s so athletic. When you see Jacoby, it’s kind of like you have to do a double-glimpse, make sure it’s him or 17.”
Moore’s arrival was bad news for DHB from the get go. That the Raiders continue to draft receivers even with Hey-Bey still on the roster was a bad sign. That Moore was known primarily as a deep threat coming out of Tennessee was even worse.
Now Moore is dusting the likes of Stanford Routt – he of the $30-million contract – in practice. Yet another bad sign for DHB’s future in Oakland as Moore took Routt to school a couple of times in practice yesterday.
He’s getting “wows” from Hue Jackson and praise from Campbell.
“The guy’s playing hard. He runs hard in practice, he has that factor, some things you just can’t coach, he has about him. He’s a guy that can add a lot to our offense this year and what we do.”
While you can’t read too much into practices in August it is a bad omen that Heyward-Bey just participated in his first practice after sitting out with a toothache or whatever excuse is being rolled out for him this year. I’m afraid that this is the year in which the DHB debacle comes to its anti-dramatic conclusion and Denarius Moore looks like the man that will help pull the plug.