Monday, August 15, 2011
Rookie wideout is story of Raiders camp
By Bill Williamson
The Denarius Moore Show continues in Oakland.
The fifth-round pick from Tennessee has been the story of training camp. Even more encouraging, he was a standout in Oakland’s preseason opener against Arizona. He had three catches and did some nice work on kick and punt returns.
He has been constantly special and the Oakland Tribune has gone as far to write that Moore is often the best player on Oakland’s practice field. That’s saying quite a bit considering there are some pretty darned good football players donning the Silver and Black. The newspaper also said if Moore isn’t starting against Denver on Sept. 12 on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football,” Oakland coach Hue Jackson will have some “explaining to do.”
With receivers Jacoby Ford (broken hand) and Chaz Schilens (knee) hurt and Darrius Heyward-Bey still trying to find his groove, Moore will likely be given the chance to continue right away in the regular season if his strong play continues.
I’m excited to see more of him. This type of in-camp hype is rarely generated by a late-round pick.