To me, Foster Moreau was one of the most under-used players by the Las Vegas Raiders in 2020.
Moreau, a promising fourth-round pick out of LSU in 2019, was left on the bench in favor of the now-retired Jason Witten all too often in 2020. I always thought Moreau, who tore his ACL in December of his rookie season, should have been on the field more than Witten.
Yet, Moreau’s playing time was minimal. As a rookie, Moreau had 21 catches (on 25 targets) for 174 yards in 13 games. In 2020, Moreau had just seven receptions (on nine targets) for 140 yards in 16 games.
This week, Raiders’ star tight end Darren Waller raved about Moreau and said he expects him to have a big season in 2021.
“Foster looks, I mean his explosiveness just continues to increase every time we come back together as a team,” Waller said. “Just from working with him in the offseason, he’s working hard with me, like he’s even pushing me with the way that he works. With the attention to detail that he’s been working with this offseason and it’s carrying over out here.
“He looks a lot more fluid and is just continuing on that path to being the player that I know that he can be. He can be an extremely vital component to this offense. I can’t wait to see him expand the routes that he runs and the way that the offensive staff continues to challenge him because you can never have too many weapons and I feel like Foster can really show the world who he’s capable of being this season and can continue to build on top of that. So, I’m really excited for him.”
If Moreau can take the next step as Waller’s backup, it will be just another dimension for a varied Las Vegas offensive attack.