Today is the final practice of the week as the Raiders prepare to head to Dallas for their third preseason game. As for the regular season, that’s 17 days away. There’s no one wearing number 17 right now for the Raiders. Be honest, if someone asked you who wore the number 17 best, it would have taken some thinking. But believe it or not...
Who wore it best: WR Denarius Moore (2011-2014)
The moment Denarius Moore hit the practice field as a fifth round rookie in 2011, he looked like an absolute steal, making one incredible catch after another. He took the league by storm, starting 10 games as a rookie and catching 33 passes for 618 yards and 5 touchdowns. In his second season he started 15 games and caught 54 passes for 741 yards and 7 touchdowns.
That season, however, some issues started to arise. First of all, he was fifth worst in the NFL in catch percentage (46.4%) and dropping nine passes. There were also several times he obviously ran the wrong route which caused Carson Palmer to be intercepted trying to throw where Moore was supposed to be.
After improving his catch percentage numbers in 2013, he would last just three games into 2014 before landing squarely in the doghouse from which he would not return. In week three against the Patriots, with the Raiders knocking on the door for a game-tying touchdown, Moore had a ball bounce off his shoulder pads where it was intercepted to allow the Patriots to kneel the clock out and escape with the win. That was his last start as a Raider. I considered putting up a gif of it, but I’ll spare you from reliving it.
In total, Moore started 37 games in 4 seasons with 2169 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns in Oakland. He appeared in five games for the Bills in 2015 primarily as a return man. He never caught another NFL pass. No one else who ever wore 17 in Silver & Black is worth mentioning.