Moore makes case for roster spot, starting job


Most of the Raiders key players received the night off Thursday. Others such as veteran wide receiver Denarius Moore played because the coaches wanted one last look at them before the final roster cuts take place.
Moore made a convincing case for being one of the 53 players that go into the regular season in a Raiders uniform.
In fact, Moore played so well against the Seattle Seahawks that he merits consideration for a starting spot once again.
Moore used to be among those who had job security and spent the final exhibition game playing little, if any, while others sought to impress the coaches.
Not anymore. He is one of seven receivers vying for a roster spot and playing time.
For now, the starting spots appear to belong to Rod Streater and James Jones. It’s not surprising that Streater and Jones received the night off Thursday, while Moore and others worked.
That gave them prime seats to watch Moore strut his stuff. Moore wasted little time showing what he is capable of doing.
He caught a pass for 11 yards and a first down to keep alive the Raiders first touchdown drive. Most impressive, Moore made the reception despite a poor throw by Derek Carr and tight coverage by All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman.
Moore adjusted to the pass thrown behind him, reached out and snared the ball before Sherman had a chance to counter.
A short time later, Moore sprinted past a cornerback and hauled in a 36-yard pass from Carr to break a 7-7 tie in the first quarter.
He capped his impressive performance with an 11-yard touchdown on a back-shoulder throw from Carr.
Moore turned in time, snagged the ball and got down both feet in bounds before he stepped out of the end zone.
With that, Moore joined Streater, Jones and others who got the night off on the sideline.
“Denarius made a couple of really nice catches,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said.
Moore and most of the other Raiders weren’t available for comment after the game.
The way Moore played Thursday is what Allen and the Raiders expect from Moore. Yet, too often last season Moore went long stretches without being much of a factor. Allen even benched Moore in 2012 for what he deemed inconsistent play.
The Raiders still lack a bonafide No. 1 receiver. Moore is the one who has the skill set to be that guy, just as he showed Thursday.


Steve Corkran

  • Howard Benner

    That’s affirmative. . .

    In the twin aisle mile; that is the length of the building from end to end. . .

  • Dan Walker

    Carr, Schaub then McGloin in order on the depth chart. Think McGloin should be in front of Schaub but DA won’t handle it that way in order to keep Schaub somewhere in the mix or save face. Hope DA has the balls to get this done. After last night, it shouldn’t even be a topic of conversation.

  • Gdog

    Were not talking about what goes on in a locker room? Scroll up… jeesh dude. Smoking early today?

  • rifflicks

    wait until the first regular season loss

  • Guest123

    Vic says 100 percent sure that Carr starts…I’ll take it on faith

  • WILLY91137

    Then we will be right back where we were

  • rifflicks

    bet on it….the lynch mob will reunite in strength

  • Theghostronin79

    YES…That right there. He obviously elevated the play of everyone around him. As much as the media is focusing on how awesome Carr Played….I’m like “Did you see DMO one hand grab?” “Did you see Rivera concentrate that deflection in for a TD?” “Did you see Murray Steam roll across the goaline?” “How about McGill with a nice Rip on the kick off?” “The oline made holes and kept Derek Clean for the most part.”….I have to think – HAVE to think, it’s because they believe, and they rallied around the guy they want leading them. DC’s performance aside….I think the others played well because of him.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Mack was all over the place last night. High motor guy. Smells the play.

  • Theghostronin79

    They’re not gone….They’re just silenced for now.

  • SlvrnBlck478

    My contention is veteran players are not anointing Carr as the starting qb, They know how hard it is to play in the NFL, especially as a rookie qb. They also know preseason games are totally different then a regular season game. Make sense?

  • rifflicks

    half of them haven’t shown up today

  • RaiderCDE

    We got a big ole fashion Quarterback Controversy here fellas.

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson


  • rifflicks

    only “the fans”

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    not anymore. Carr solved that problem

  • RaiderCDE

    957 playing Gary Numan ‘Cars’ song with Papa overdubbed saying ‘Carr’- pretty funny.

  • R8erEduc8er

    If we extend Wiz, does that cut into the 11 mil? Or that from a different bucket?

  • Raider O

    I’m guessing it will count next year, unless we increase his salary for this year too.

  • Guest123

    same at is ever was

  • Raider O

    DA is a bed coach and a clueless titty monkey.
    Draft class looked great.

  • inonewordraider

    complete lb, sure tackler

  • The Big Banana

    New post, looney tunes.

  • Theghostronin79

    Consistency….I’ll give you that.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    not so much about throwing deep but more like a high velocity near line drive to the sidelines or fitting it into tight windows…

  • Return

    I’ve had this discussion with the ping pong Metamucil group before.
    They don’t have a clue. They still don’t and never will get the concept of baller and scrub. Of what a locker room is really like. Of what motivates good athletes.

  • Return

    See Sio/Burris.
    I tried to tell em

  • aig-raiders

    They can’t because that’s like RM and DA cutting themselves too….which is going to happen anyway. Our D was still shredded by Wilson last nite.

  • Zymurge

    DMac on ST is a no go. If he can’t make top two in the rotation, he doesn’t have a spot on the team. Reggie was pretty savvy with the one year deal that he signed that has no cap repercussions for releasing him. It also makes him pretty untradeable though, since teams will not pay for a one year deal and would rather wait to get him on waivers.

  • mikeschoice

    Pryor released! Nice jerry writes article about how good pryor looked after carrs performence? And he questions reggie? I think its obvious who can judge talent

  • RaiderReloader

    He just got cut, lets get real.
    I like the kid, but he is not in same league as Seahawks other QBs. He is not gonna make it as a QB in the NFL.