There was a time when Denarius Moore was the next big thing for the Oakland Raiders. Why has he not taken the next step, and is he running out of time?
Ongoing inconsistency has Dennis Allen and coaches stumped
They say the most frustrating season a team can have is 8-8 because it doesn’t paint a clear picture of what that team is. Are they a good team who just struggled or a bad team who overachieved? Well the same principle applies to player. At times they look like superstars but for some reason just can’t seem to turn the light on. Denarius Moore has been that kind of player for the Oakland Raiders. In three seasons he has averaged an impressive 15.8 yards per catch and never scored fewer than five touchdowns. Yet at the same time he has never played a full season, missing seven games and never topping 750 yards receiving. It is something head coach Dennis Allen and his staff are still trying to figure out but may be nearing the end of their rope. Moore has shown no signs of shaking his inconsistency in practice and is no longer the only option to turn to.
James Jones arrival makes him expendable
While he’s pretty much stayed around the same level, other receivers on the Oakland Raiders roster have begun to emerge like Rod Streater, Juron Criner and Andre Holmes. However it won’t be them that possibly makes the 2011 fifth round pick expendable but the recent free agent additions the team made. By far the most notable is James Jones. Coming from a proven system, the former Green Bay Packer is a proven producer with good size and hands. He’s certainly more consistent, which is something a quarterback wants in his receivers. If Jones lives up to his billing he and Streater could make up the starting lineup, allowing the Raiders to put an end to Moore’s maddening roller coaster ride.
There is still time for both sides to salvage the situation. Most of the responsibility falls to Denarius Moore who must show once and for all whether he’s worth big-time money or is just another tease.