D.J. Moore

Carolina Panthers
Wide Receiver #12
Carolina Panthers
Wide Receiver #12
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D.J. Moore News

Inks three-year extension

Moore is signing a three-year extension with the Panthers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Previously scheduled to play out 2022 on a fifth-year option, Moore is now signed with the Panthers through 2025. He's finished between 1,157 and 1,193 receiving yards three straight seasons, with exactly four TDs each year, but his per-target efficiency took a nose-dive in 2021 (57.1 percent catch rate, 7.1 YPT) with the Panthers offense hitting a new low point. On the bright side, Moore's 163 targets last season were a career-high by 28, and he could break out in 2022 if similar volume is accompanied by better quarterback play. At the moment, however, it looks like the Panthers have missed out on all the top veteran QBs available, perhaps forcing them to settle for a mediocre veteran or a rookie in the upcoming NFL Draft. Regardless, Moore is the clear top option in the passing game, rivaled only (at times) by RB Christian McCaffrey.

Mar 18, 2022 12:22 PM EST

Finishes season strong

Moore caught 7 of 10 targets for 87 yards in Sunday's 41-17 loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Moore showed off his leaping ability on a couple of his grabs, hurdling a defender early before making a jumping catch over the middle later on. The wideout led Carolina in receiving yards, posting his highest tally since Week 4, and Moore also turned in his best yardage output since Week 12. Despite spotty quarterback play for most of the campaign and losing his offensive coordinator midway through as well, Moore still topped 1,000 receiving yards for the third straight season. With 2022 being the last campaign under his rookie contract, Moore will look to cash in with a lucrative extension this offseason before likely returning to the Panthers as their top receiving option next term.

Jan 9, 2022 4:41 PM EST

Quiet against Saints

Moore caught three of eight targets for 29 yards in Sunday's 18-10 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: Moore led the Panthers in targets but couldn't get much going against a tough Saints defense. Most his yardage came on a 20-yard catch during the second half, but Moore followed that contribution with a drop shortly after. Having racked up at least seven targets in every game this season, Moore figures to remain a focal point in Week 18's finale versus the Buccaneers. Although that matchup surely doesn't favor the Panthers, game flow might help Moore improve on Sunday's lackluster output.

Jan 2, 2022 4:41 PM EST

Plenty of targets in loss

Moore (hamstring) secured five of 11 targets for 55 yards in the Panthers' 32-6 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Analysis: Considering the quarterback duo of Sam Darnold and Cam Newton completed less than 50 percent of their throws, Moore's numbers were actually serviceable. The fourth-year wideout tied Robby Anderson for the team lead in receptions and paced Carolina in targets on the afternoon as well. Moore's upside is likely to be capped to an extent the rest of the way with both Darnold and Newton seemingly destined to struggle, but he remains a serviceable option heading into the final two weeks of the fantasy season.

Dec 26, 2021 4:11 PM EST

Available for Week 16

Moore (hamstring) is active for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Jonathan M. Alexander of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Analysis: Moore was listed as questionable heading into the weekend after not practicing Wednesday and Thursday before returning to the field in a limited fashion Friday. Though he didn't log a full practice this week, the Panthers haven't indicated that Moore will be subject to a lighter workload as a result. He'll likely be sharing the field with both Cam Newton and Sam Darnold at various points during Sunday's game, as head coach Matt Rhule indicated that both quarterbacks will pick up snaps.

Dec 26, 2021 8:41 AM EST

Expected to play in Week 16

Moore (hamstring) is expected to play Sunday against the Buccaneers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Moore was listed as questionable for the contest after returning to a limited practice Friday, but Rapoport indicates that the wideout is trending toward active status versus Tampa Bay. Fortunately for those considering Moore in Week 16 lineups, the Panthers kick off at 1:00 ET on Sunday.

Dec 26, 2021 5:09 AM EST

Gets questionable tag for Week 16

Moore is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers after practicing on a limited basis Friday, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.

Analysis: Moore missed the Panthers' first two practices of the week while tending to the hamstring injury, but he returned to the field Friday, which gives him a shot to suit up this weekend. On Wednesday, head coach Matt Rhule told Joe Person of The Athletic that Moore will likely wind up being a game-time decision, so the Panthers may put him through a workout Sunday morning before getting a better sense of whether he'll play. Through Cam Newton's first four games as Carolina's starting quarterback, Moore's production hasn't suffered too much; he's turned in a 21-285-1 receiving line on 38 targets over that stretch.

Dec 24, 2021 9:21 AM EST

No practice Thursday

Moore (hamstring) was a non-participant at Thursday's practice, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.

Analysis: Moore was able to play through a hamstring issue this past Sunday in Buffalo, handling a 90 percent share of offensive snaps and catching six of 11 targets for 48 yards. The Panthers now are having the wide receiver focus on rehab versus practice with the expectation he'll be a game-time decision Sunday against the Buccaneers. Fortunately, the team has a 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff, so Moore's fate will be known with plenty of time for fantasy managers to pivot to another option.

Dec 23, 2021 11:13 AM EST

Trending toward game-time decision

Coach Matt Rhule said Moore (hamstring) likely will be a game-time call Sunday against the Buccaneers, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Moore's practice reps were capped all of last week before he handled 90 percent of the offensive snaps this past Sunday at Buffalo en route to six catches (on 11 targets) for 48 yards. He was held out of practice entirely Wednesday, after which Rhule touched on Moore's status. Getting back on the field Thursday and/or Friday may put Moore in a better position to be available this weekend, so his activity level will be something to monitor as the week goes on.

Dec 22, 2021 11:52 AM EST

Still tending to hamstring issue

Moore didn't practice Wednesday due to a hamstring injury, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Moore was listed as limited on all three Week 15 injury reports due to the same health concern before handling a 90 percent share of the offensive snaps this past Sunday at Buffalo. The results in the box score were modest -- six catches (on 11 targets) for 48 yards -- and he's only scored one touchdown since Week 4. Now, with no practice to begin Week 16 prep, Moore's status will be one to watch to ensure he's available Sunday against the the Buccaneers.

Dec 22, 2021 11:35 AM EST

Difficult conditions continue

Moore caught six passes for 48 yards on 11 targets against Buffalo on Sunday.

Analysis: Moore has proven his own abilities beyond any doubt at this point, so his ongoing struggles are clearly attributable to the broader dysfunction of the Panthers organization, especially on offense. Cam Newton has struggled profoundly as a passer, including in this game (18 of 38 for 156 yards, one touchdown and one interception), yet Newton is probably the team's best passer at quarterback in the meantime. While talent like Moore's can't be fully counted out, the waters might remain treacherous until the Panthers rebuild this offense in the offseason. Carolina gets a tough matchup with the Buccaneers in Week 16.

Dec 19, 2021 2:28 PM EST

Good to go Sunday

Moore (hamstring) is active for Sunday's game against the Bills, Jonathan M. Alexander of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Analysis: Moore was a limited practice participant throughout the week before being labeled questionable for Sunday's contest, though he never truly appeared in danger of sitting out. The 24-year-old has come on strong over the past three games with 15 receptions for 237 yards and a touchdown as he continues to lead Carolina's receiving corps.

Dec 19, 2021 8:42 AM EST

Expected to play versus Buffalo

Moore (hamstring) is expected to play Sunday against the Bills, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The Panthers listed Moore as questionable for the contest after their top wideout was limited in practice this past week. Fortunately for those inclined to use him in Week 15 fantasy lineups, Carolina and Buffalo kick off at 1:00 ET on Sunday.

Dec 19, 2021 4:33 AM EST

Questionable for Sunday

Moore (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Buffalo, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Moore was a limited practice participant Wednesday through Friday after suffering a minor hamstring injury late in the fourth quarter of last week's loss to the Falcons. He appears on track to play this Sunday, but fantasy managers will want to make sure before finalizing Week 15 lineups. The Panthers and Bills are scheduled for a 1:00 ET kickoff, meaning inactive lists will be released around 11:30 a.m.

Dec 17, 2021 9:11 AM EST

Another limited practice

Moore (hamstring) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.

Analysis: Moore picked up a hamstring issue near the end of this past Sunday's loss to the Falcons. Coach Arthur Smith considered Moore day-to-day as of Monday, and the wide receiver has followed up that comment with back-to-back capped sessions. Even if he enters the weekend with a designation, Moore doesn't seem to be in much danger of missing the Panthers' Week 15 game at Buffalo.

Dec 16, 2021 11:31 AM EST

Limited with hammy

Moore (hamstring) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Moore was held out toward the end of Sunday's 29-21 loss to the Falcons, with coach Matt Rhule calling the wideout day-to-day on Monday. A limited practice to start Week 15 gives Moore a decent shot to suit up this Sunday in Buffalo, though he'll have a tough matchup and still has to contend with some of the worst QB play in the league.

Dec 15, 2021 11:49 AM EST

Begins week day-to-day

Coach Matt Rhule said Monday that Moore (hamstring) is day-to-day, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Rhule disclosed that Moore pulled his hamstring during Sunday's loss to Atlanta, in which he caught six of 10 targets for 84 yards. Moore reportedly wanted to return to action Sunday, so it would appear that he has a fair chance to be available Week 15 in Buffalo as long as he can practice leading up to the contest. That said, Moore could face some difficulty establishing a rhythm with his quarterback even if healthy, as Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports that Newton and P.J. Walker are expected to share reps under center.

Dec 13, 2021 9:26 AM EST

Strong numbers despite knee issue

Moore brought in six of 10 targets for 84 yards in the Panthers' 29-21 loss to the Falcons on Sunday. He also missed some time late in the contest with a knee injury but wanted to come back into the game, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: It remains to be seen how serious the knee issue might be, but the health issue aside, the star wideout had a productive game on an afternoon where the Panthers passing attack wasn't exactly at its sharpest. Moore's reception total was his best since Week 7, while his yardage tally qualified as his second highest since all the way back in Week 4. With a 10-187 line over the past two contests, Moore will head into a difficult Week 15 road matchup against the Bills with some momentum if he's able to suit up.

Dec 12, 2021 2:31 PM EST

Big receiving day in loss

Moore brought in four of 10 targets for 103 yards in the Panthers' 33-10 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday.

Analysis: The highlight of Moore's day -- and that of the Panthers as a while for that matter -- came on the wideout's 64-yard grab in the first quarter. Moore would go on to lead the team in receptions and receiving yardage on the night, but considering Carolina netted all of 134 passing yards due to poor performance from both Cam Newton and P.J. Walker, the talented receiver's numbers were a minor miracle from a fantasy perspective. Moore's chances of replicating strong numbers in a Week 13 divisional home matchup versus the Falcons will naturally be heavily reliant on the play under center.

Nov 28, 2021 3:09 PM EST

Touchdown in Sunday's loss

Moore caught five of seven targets for 50 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-21 loss to Washington.

Analysis: Moore started the scoring with a 10-yard touchdown during the first quarter, marking his first end-zone visit since Week 4. After back-to-back games with under 35 receiving yards, Moore fared slightly better Sunday, but he still narrowly trailed tailback Christian McCaffrey in all major receiving categories. Although his production has declined since a hot start to the season, Moore's touchdown Sunday, established rapport with new-yet-familiar starting quarterback Cam Newton, and upcoming matchup versus the Dolphins offers a few reasons for optimism in Week 12.

Nov 21, 2021 1:41 PM EST

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