*ROOKIE REPORT* Video Breakdown of Denarius Moore (Pt. 1)
- In the clip below, you will get a good look at why we selected (WR) Denarius Moore with the 148th pick in the draft this year. Moore ran a 4.37 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine, becoming the latest speedster added to Oakland's arsenal of deep threat's. If you don't get a good jam on him at the line of scrimmage then chances are he will run right by you, but with that being said, his speed and how he uses it is deceptive to say the least. He is not the fastest wideout you'll see but he knows how to get open, and create separation between him & his defender. Instantly, a few things became obvious while watching him out there on the field. (1) Is his route running (2) He attack's the ball wherever it is thrown (using his hands), so if he drops it, it won't be because it bounced off of his chest or shoulder pads (3) His Awareness is good (4) His Concentration is good, (5) His overall play-making ability is good. (6) His ability to run after the catch is good (YAC). If you know & can recognize talent then it is easy to see this was a complete steal for us (maybe even a potential starter?) Yeah, he may be another track guy, but from a football perspective, he looks like a more (no pun intended) polished receiver compared to Jacoby (a late round steal) & Heyward-Bey (a early round reach). Besides, I think we all can remember the impact "Mr. Ford" had as an overlooked rookie last year - Moon ) Man
The Raiders pick out of Tennessee, looks to stay "Humble & Hungry" here in Oakland.
[ Q & A ] How has camp been so far? "Second day in pads felt good, I'm just trying to adjust to the speed, things out here are much faster. Once I get the new offensive concepts down i should be good to go." - (via RAIDERS.com)
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Raiders coach Hue Jackson says "wow" a lot, and he knows that we know he says "wow" a lot. So, for Jackson to drop the w-word on Day 8 of training camp, you better know that he means it.
And the way rookie receiver Denarius Moore dominated No. 1 cornerback Stanford Routt on Wednesday at practice in Napa, he probably deserved two w-words.
"Wow! He's a tremendous young player," Jackson said. "I mean when you look around, every time you look up, there's No. 17 making a play."
Moore, a fifth-round pick out of Tennessee, beat Routt deep, on a slant pattern and on a curl. On the slant, he caught the ball with his outstretched hands, and he showed off the hands when he went up later for another catch.
"Denarius Moore is like another Jacoby," quarterback Jason Campbell said, comparing him to last year's breakout rookie receiver Jacoby Ford. "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. 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."
Some scouts had the 6-foot, 195-pound Moore pegged as a sleeper, and pointed to 981 yards and nine touchdowns last year despite less-than-great quarterbacks at Tennessee.
Well, wake up everybody. On an otherwise blah day that even Jackson admitted was "not a typical Raiders practice," the only things everybody was talking about were Moore's catches during practice and free-agent tight end Kevin Boss' workout afterward.
Moore is a very humble, low-key player who calls everybody "sir" and, when pressed, admitted that he "had a productive day" on Wednesday. "I got better," he added.
Raiders fans should sit down for the next one. Given the lack of numbers put up by receivers wearing the Silver and Black recently, Moore's modest goals may be a little shocking.
"To get on the field, make a couple plays, I'd say five catches a game, hopefully," Moore said.
Eighty catches. Not bad. The last time a receiver had that many was 2002, when Jerry Rice had 92.
"I have seen it from day one," Jackson said. "There is no question. No. 17 is a playmaker. That's why we drafted him. We draft good players. He is making plays the way I expected him to make plays."
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Moore made four nice catches on Wednesday, then topped them all Thursday with a tip-toe catch in the back of the endzone over Stevie Brown and DeMarcus Van Dyke. Teammates, including quarterback Jason Campbell, ran down the field to celebrate with him.
"It was overwhelming for a rookie to make a play like that and then get supported by the whole team," Moore said. "The support and the love I was getting, I was real happy from it."
Moore and Campbell connected again later, on a deep touchdown pass that Moore hauled in over his shoulder in stride.
"The young man can make some plays, can't he?" coach Hue Jackson said. "Oh, my gosh is he something? He's fun to watch. Every day there's something. A ball goes up, he comes down with it and makes a play. He has tremendous talent. The game is not too big for him."
Moore is getting into the heads of veteran cornerbacks (Stanford Routt Wednesday) and rookie cornerbacks (Sterling Moore Thursday) alike.
"I swear, if @Moore_ThanEnuff runs one more out-and-up, double move or corner-and-up, ima kill someone!!!" Sterling Moore Tweeted after practice.
Here’s a transcript from Denarius Moore, during his media session at the NFL scouting combine:
Q: What do you want to show team's who may not know a lot about you at this year's rookie combine?
Moore: I wan't to show them that i am just as good as who ever they might have rated higher than me. I hit my mark on the bench press, 13 reps of 225lbs, and I'm hoping to run at least a 4.3 / 4.4 40.
Q: Do you see yourself as a sleeper in this year's draft class ?
Moore: Well, i guess you could say that, The way I look at it is, if they doubt me, i'm just gonna work that much harder, & if I surprise them, then great.. No matter what happens, I'm gonna approach it like i do every game & come in here and give it all i got.
Q: How would you rate your college career?
Moore: It was a little shaky in the beginning, but it picked up quite a bit heading into my senior season. You haven't seen me at my best yet, so stay tuned.
Q: Why do you think your collegiate career got off to such a slow start?
Moore: Well, all the different quarterback situation's for one, the coaches not trusting the players and then the players not trusting the coaches. It was real tough, some ups and downs, with a new receivers coach every year. They come in and pretty much know nothing about you. They can watch film and stuff but they don’t know your personality or how you approach the game week end and week out.
Q: It took off for you and the Vols when QB Tyler Bray broke into the starting lineup huh?. . .
Moore: Yeah, of course, Tyler Bray had a lot to do with it, he was the one throwing the ball to me in the end. The timing between Ty and myself was almost instant. .
Q: Who do you pattern your game after?
Moore: I don’t really pattern my game after anybody else, I just go out there and do what i do, my play on the feel speaks for itself, i think. But if I had to name somebody, I would have to say either Andre Johnson or Jeremy Maclin. They are both physical receivers, who can run after the catch.
Q: Where do you think you’ll be picked in this years draft?
Moore: The last I heard, somewhere around the third round or maybe late second, but then again who know's, the draft can be very unpredictable. I guess we will just have to wait and see.
Q: When it was time for your team to show up in big games you seemed to step up your level of play.....
Yeah, it was just us coming in and putting a game plan together to see what the other team's weaknesses were and using it to our advantage. Double-moves, go routes, getting them biting on short routes plus Tyler trusting in me to make the plays.
Career: Denarius Moore started 20 of 52 games at Tennessee...Ranks 12th in school history with 112 receptions...His 2,000+ receiving yards rank seventh on the UT career-record chart...His 18 touchdown catches rank fifth on the list...His 981 yards receiving in 2010 rank seventh on the school season-record chart...Sixth player in school history to gain 200 yards receiving in a game and the only Volunteer to accomplish that feat twice in a season and career (205 yards vs. Kentucky; 228 yards vs. South Carolina in 2010)...His 205 yards rank fifth on the Tennessee game-record list and his 228 yards rank second all-time...Moore tied a school career-record by playing in 52 games.
2010: All-Southeastern Conference first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report...Started all 13 games at split end...Finished second on the team with 47 receptions...His 981 receiving yards (20.87 avg.) rank seventh on the school season-record list...Nine of his catches were for touchdowns...Had a pair of 200-yard performances (205 vs. Kentucky and 228 vs. South Carolina), becoming the only player in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision ranks to accomplish that feat in 2010...His 228 yards tied for second and his 205 yards rank fifth on the school game-record chart...Set the school season and career records for most 200-yard receiving performances...Had 17 catches of at least 20 yards, with 12 of at least30 yards...Became the first Volunteer since Joey Kent in 1995 to have at least one touchdown reception in five consecutive games...His 20.87 yards per reception ranked second in the nation...Added 82 yards and one TD on seven carries (11.7 avg.), returned five kickoffs for 84 yards (16.8 avg.)...Finished with 1,147 all-purpose yards (88.23 yards per game).
2009: Appeared in 13 games, starting seven contests at flanker...Finished second on the team with 40 receptions for 540 yards (13.50 avg.) with seven touchdowns...Rushed three times for 23 yards (7.7 avg).
2008: Moore appeared in 12 games as a reserve split end...Caught 11 passes for 271 yards (24.64 avg.) with two touchdowns...His 63-yard reception vs. Kentucky was the longest reception by a Volunteer in 2008...Gained 49 yards on two kickoff returns (24.5 avg.).
2007: Freshman All-Southeastern Conference selection by the league's coaches...Appeared in all 14 games as a reserve slot receiver...Caught 14 passes for 212 yards (15.14 avg.)...Returned four kickoffs for 87 yards, including a long of 31 yards vs. California...Recorded two solo tackles.
High School: Attended Tatum (Tex.) High School, playing football for head coach Andy Evans...Prep Star All-American selection...Twice named Class 2A Texas Sportswriters Association first-team All-State as a kick returner, adding second-team Reebok Super Team honors as defensive back...The two-time All-District choice was rate the 34th-best overall athlete in the country and ranked 40th on the Rivals.com Texas Top 100 list as a three-star prospect...As a junior, Moore caught 27 passes for 423 yards (15.6 avg.) with eight touchdowns...Gained 287 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries (13.0 avg.)...During his senior season, collected 32 receptions for 501 yards (15.65 avg.) and rushed 27 times for 200 yards...Competed in track and set the record en route to winning the Texas state championship in the 110-meter hurdles (13,73) as a junior in 2006...Was the starting point guard on basketball team and averaged 20.1 points per game.
Personal: Criminal Justice major...Born Denarius Earl Moore on 12/09/88...Resides in Tatum, Texas.