While Foster Moreau‘s numbers won’t pop out at you, the team definitely felt his loss during the two games he missed at the end of the season due to injury.
Moreau hauled in five touchdowns on the year proving to be a reliable red-zone target for quarterback Derek Carr.
The fact that defenses have to watch out for Darren Waller and Jacobs makes Moreau able to sneak his way into an opening in the end zone, and his rock-solid hands allow him to finish those plays.
Coming into the league, Moreau was looked at as a blocking tight end with intriguing athleticism.
Moreau came in right away as a great blocker. The Raiders ran a lot of two-tight end sets which put Moreau on the field as an extra blocker a lot of the time, and he held his own and more in that regard as expected.
While finishing the season with only 21 receptions for 174 yards, we did see glimpses of that aforementioned “intriguing athleticism.” If not for Waller breaking out for over 1,000 yards as Carr’s go-to target, we probably would have seen more then glimpses.
Moreau won’t have to be a huge receiving threat with Waller locked in as the starting tight end.
So if Moreau just continues to block the way he has while maintaining his ability to find the opening in the red zone, his stats won’t mean much as they don’t tell the whole story of the impact he can make.