Sep 23, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receive Denarius Moore (17) during the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 37-21. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders WR Breakdown: Denarius Moore

Dropping down into the depth at the WR position for the Oakland Raiders makes it extremely difficult to assess where the others will end up, especially with names like Denarius Moore, Brice Butler, Juron Criner, Mike Davis, Greg Little, Greg Jenkins, Seth Roberts, and Rashaan Vaughn.  Well, it’s the NFL, and every job is never totally secure.  Therefore, Denarius Moore finds himself staring down a Training Camp in which he will need to prove a strong work ethic and consistency to his coaches.  If not, he could find himself with a plane ticket out of Oakland.  Still, Moore is a very good player who can bring it at times.  I would hate to see him leave Oakland, but it’s time to get the most out of a player, instead of just a taste here and there.

Denarius Moore (#17)-

Of all the WR’s on the roster, I believe that Denarius Moore is the most intriguing and in some cases disappointing.  Drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the 5th round of the 2011 NFL Draft, Moore busted onto the Oakland Raiders scene in September of 2011 in a game played in Buffalo, NY.  With QB Jason Campbell handling the rock, Moore hauled in 6 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown, but the touchdown he caught would make him a hero in the eyes of Oakland Raiders fans everywhere:

His 51 yard reception for a touchdown was outstanding!  It was the kind of stuff from Raiders legends.  That chuck it down the field for 50-70 yards while the receiver runs underneath it for a touchdown reminded Raider Nation of the Ken Stabler to Fred Biletnikoff and Cliff Branch era, or the Jim Plunkett to Cliff Branch era, or the James Jett days, and on and on and on.  I was jumping up and down screaming at the top of my lungs in my living room.  I thought the Raiders had finally found “it.”

Of course, Denarius Moore was in the game due to the fact that Daruis Heyward-Bey, Jacoby Ford, and Louis Murphy had all been injured, but he made his statement.  Fast forward three years, and there are rumblings within the Raiders media outlets that Moore could be traded or released before the start of the 2014 season.

Moore’s work ethic has been called into question, his background, and even the fact that he has a lot of drops.  He lacks consistency, and both Head Coach Dennis Allen and Offensive Coordinator Greg Olson have cited this fact.  Moore will have to prove himself once again.  The question is, how bad does he want it?

Sep 23, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Oakland Raiders receiver Denarius Moore (17) catches a pass as Denver Broncos cornerback Kayvon Webster (36) defends at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Another thing, he hasn’t played an entire 16 game season yet.  He played 13 games in 2011, 15 in 2012, and 13 in 2013.  Moore has suffered a high ankle sprain, pulled knee tendons, and a Lisfranc injury to his foot.  Still, and luckily, he’s young, and he will enter the 2014 season injury free.  Maybe this will be his year?  If that’s the case, he will have to clamor through the pile of WR’s standing in his way.  This year he is not safe from elimination.

One thing Moore can do to lengthen the distance between him and the pack is be a Kickoff and Punt Returner.  Special Teams can be Moore’s savior if he wishes to remain an Oakland Raider.  Now, one place I really think Moore can be the best at is in the slot.  However, I’m not Greg Olson, and I’m not designing the offense.  Some of these WR’s, like our FB (Marcel Reece), are not being used to their full potential.  Will this change with Matt Schaub at the helm?  That remains to be seen, but I like the Raiders chances.

One thing I do know about Matt Schaub, he is not done yet.  As a matter of fact, I was reminded by Gil Brandt (NFL Analyst/Radio Analyst) that Schaub had thrown for nearly and over 4,000 yards in the 4 years leading up to the 2013 NFL season.  How was I reminded?  I called him on the show, Late Hits, on NFL XM Radio.  At 4:40 PM PST, on June 30th, I called in to give my opinion on who I think the 2014 Comeback Player will be.  I was pleased to learn that he agreed with me that Schaub is not done yet.

This is promising for the Oakland Raiders and for the WR’s on the team.  It’s like an incentive to make the team this year, as the football will be passed around a lot.  With the amount of weapons on the team, there could be some big stats each game.  If Denarius Moore can separate himself from the pack, he could be one of the surprise WR’s of 2014.  I would love to see him do it.  For now, Raider Nation can only dream that Moore can elevate himself and become the WR we want him to be in his highlight films.  Check these out:

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  • Bob

    Moore is one of the last two Al Davis scholarship picks and needs to go.

  • Willie Lunchmeat

    Bob shut the eff up you scum bag!! And for the Blogger whose writing is based on opinion (his own) and not facts, I’ll check you later.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Harsh Bob, harsh… He has a lot to prove, this is certain. If he proves worthy, he could help the team.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    All writing in sports is based on opinions. Stats, player bio’s, etc…, help in the endeavor, but in the long run, there’s a lot of opinion. I bring 42 years of being a proud member of Raider Nation to this blog, so in some cases I believe that my opinion does matter. Since you choose to be derogatory toward others opinions, I will have to block you. Please refrain from profanity based emphasis in the future. Thank you.

  • Bob

    Agree, but the Raiders can’t go forward with us hoping someone will get his act together.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    In some cases that’s all that is left, hope. I hate to see a good receiver go to another team and do better, but in the case of Moore, we may see that happen. I would like to see him be more consistent, but I’m not sure that will happen unless he improves his work ethic.

  • raider_nation

    Ur an idiot ,if u dont like it dont resd it. Like he said if he was in charge of the Off he will used Reese to its potential, its an opinion u idiot. Shut up 1 eye Willie

  • Mark Shafer

    I really hope that Moore can find the drive to make it happen this year. If he does get cut it won’t be a huge loss losing a fifth round pick, but we have already lost way to many of our previous picks. You have to love his speed being a Raider fan.

  • Rees Britton

    They may not be facts, but that doesn’t make anything he said not true…

  • Willie Lunchmeat

    Raider Nation you must be related to one eyed Bob or maybe you the same person. That is correct, an opinion he placed on the world wide web for people to respond to, so I will voice my opinion about his opinion. How idiotic is that? My conversation is with Bob and the writer, whats your problem? And how about you shut me up.

  • Willie Lunchmeat

    Nothing wrong with his work ethic, and you can’t be consistent without consistency. Under Hue, they used him to his strengths, under DA and Olsen he has not run 1 end around, and the players who have ran them the last two years were not successful.. I hate to keep seeing the blogs dog the dude when he’s done nothing to deserve the treatment he receives. He’s not DA’s rah rah guy, and that’s ok, but a good coach would never throw his players under the bus the way DA has regardless of the situation. I’ll say it again, Moore’s disappearance last year was by design, not because he disappeared. And that’s my opinion.

  • raider_nation

    Lmfao… voice ur opinion idiot thats America, but dont go insulting the blogger he a Raider..1eye willie. My problem is ppl like u who like to act tough on the internet, insult ppl .. u dont like what he had to say dont read it… opinions everybody entitled to them, but insulting someone thats low class…

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  • Bob

    Carson Palmer said of Moore in 2012, “He can be as good as he wants to be”…
    To me this means his success or failure is on him.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Agreed. Sometimes I think it would be okay to lose him, and other times I don’t want to see it happen. Every now and then, he steps up to make some great plays. Then, he’ll be completely open and drop the ball. Sort of a ho-hum player at times. I believe the talent is there, but I wish his head was always there.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Well Willie, this is my plain and simple assessment (opinion) of Denarius Moore: I really like him, as I said in my blog post, but I can’t stand the fact that he doesn’t show up all the time. If he was elite, a clear #1 or #2 receiver, we wouldn’t be having this conversation. He had a QB in Carson Palmer in 2012, and he threw his opportunity away. He could’ve eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark and put his name out there for the #1 spot conversation, but he relies too much on his natural ability. He needs to pay attention in film study, and he needs to work on his route running, and he needs to work on catching the ball (better hands) before he can elevate his game. Without that, I’m afraid his time in Oakland won’t be for very long. Maybe you should read the blog more carefully before throwing your own opinion out there. I can understand that you don’t like something I said, but never question my faithfulness to Raider Nation, to the Oakland Raiders, or to the players on the team. I will go down with the Oakland Raiders ship if need be. I have been a fan the entire time, from Oakland to Los Angeles, back to Oakland, and through the most rough and tough times in Raiders History! As far as Bob goes, Bob can defend himself. He has a wealth of Football knowledge, and he has a right to his own opinion, as do you. So please, feel free to express your opinion, but do so in a respectable manner or don’t do it at all. Those without respect usually call themselved Chargers fans!