Aug 16, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receiver Denarius Moore (17) catches a pass for a touchdown in font of New Orleans Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis (28) in the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports
Still a Deep Threat
He may be more of an all-around receiver these days but Moore is still a deep threat that has mastered getting behind defenses. G.M. Reggie McKenzie has spoken of his desire to get a deep threat on the opposite of Streater this offseason. And now, the new regime needs to realize that the deep threat they were looking for was on the team before they got there.
Little and Holmes haven’t shown the ability to beat starters deep or the hands to hold on to the ball when thrown to them. Moore had problems with drops himself last year but these days, it looks as though he has surely solved them. Having a deep threat like Moore in the lineup against the Seahawks opened up the running game and shorter routes for other receivers.
Of all the receivers on the Raiders roster, Moore is the one that has scared defenses to death since his arrival in the NFL. That might be the reason why Streater isn’t getting open so far this year after sneaking past secondaries last year. When your’e the No. 1 guy without at least a deep threat on the other side, the coverage is will get rolled toward you daily.