The biggest story coming out of the first day of Oakland’s mandatory mini-camp was the hamstring injury that has shutdown Denarius Moore until the start of training camp. It’s obviously not good news. Not when we saw countless Raiders endure similar issues last season. But it’s also not exactly bad news either. Not when we’re still months away from the start of the regular season.
Dennis Allen didn’t seem overly concerned about the issue. Then again, Hue Jackson made it seem like Darren McFaddenhad just stubbed his toe last season. The point is you can’t put too much stock into coach speak.
Allen isn’t a doctor so he’s just trying to keep a steady hand on the wheel. It’s far too early in the process to panic. Of course Moore already has a bit of a history of injury issues after one year in the NFL.
As a rookie Denarius burst onto the scene as a playmaking prodigy that wowed from the start of training camp until the end of the regular season. He also had a hamstring issue last season that he played through but did miss a few games due to a foot problem. Nothing to be that worried about but given the sensitive nature of McFadden’s health it’s natural to be concerned over the possibility of losing another weapon.
The real question surrounding Moore heading into his sophomore season is how much more room there is for growth? Some guys reach their potential pretty early, from there out its all downhill. Others blossom slowly over time until they become full-fledged superstars.
Which is Denarius? That’s what we’re all waiting to see this year.
Rookie receivers often struggle with finding a consistent groove. Moore had moments of brilliance followed by stretches of irrelevance. There’s no arguing that he’s a playmaker capable of turning the tide of a game with one touch. It’s just a matter of getting touches at the appropriate time. That, hopefully, will come with more practice something Moore won’t be able to do for a few weeks now.
About the only real concern with Moore’s hamstring is that he’ll miss some additional reps with Carson Palmer. Keep in mind this offseason is the first extended period of practice time for the Raiders with Palmer. Two missed days of an OTA won’t be the reason why Moore and Palmer don’t click this season. That will be because of reasons beyond Moore tweaking a hammy in June. Unless that hammy becomes a season-long problem but then that would negate the headline of this post now, wouldn’t it?