The fall has been fast and hard for Raiders fourth year wide receiver, Denarius Moore. The former starter hasn't played a snap on offense the past two weeks. All signs point to Denarius Moore's time in Oakland coming to an end very soon.
A lot has happened since Moore started the opener against the Jets in which he played 50 of 56 snaps with 8 targets. He was the starter over the first three weeks of the season and that's the last time he saw more than half the offensive snaps.
The final play of the Raiders offense in week three against the Patriots, Denarius had a ball bounce off his chest at the goal line, pop in the air, and intercepted. Had he held onto it, he may have scored. At very least, the Raiders would have been in second and one from the one-yard line with under a minute remaining, looking to tie the game. Instead it was game over. He hasn't started a game since.
He was inactive the following week in London against the Dolphins and in five games afterward he didn't once seen more than two targets. He has just four catches over that time.
Lately he has seen time as a punt returner in the absence of T.J. Carrie who has been out with an ankle injury the past few weeks. And as of Thursday night's game against the Chiefs, he had those duties stripped from him as well in favor of Charles Woodson.
This week, T.J. Carrie returned to practice from his ankle injury which would all but guarantee Moore won't have a job to come back to on special teams.
Being relegated to the sideline isn't the main reason why Moore could be let go. It's the return of Rod Streater that could be the death knell for Denarius.
The team already has a glut of receivers including starters James Jones and Andre Holmes along with Brice Butler, Vincent Brown, and Kenbrell Thompkins. With Butler, Brown, and Thompkins all seeing snaps ahead of Denarius in recent weeks.
Rod Streater is set to be activated from the partial season IR and if the team were to keep Denarius on the roster, they would have SEVEN wide receivers. That's just not going to happen.
The activation of Streater could happen as early as this week, but the team has three weeks to make the move. Once it happens, the low man on the wide receiver totem pole gets the boot. That's Denarius.
It wasn't so long ago he was a young fifth round pick phenom making acrobatic catches. Just two seasons ago he led all Raiders wide receivers in catches (51) and receiving yards (741).
His contract is up after this season anyway so the Raiders would only be losing a receiver for five games who they weren't using anymore either on offense or on special teams.