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By Ian Cummings
The Baltimore Ravens have to be done playing games. It’s time to find a wide receiver they can count on.
The team has been plagued by woes in the receiving core for years. Breshad Perriman still has yet to blossom, and many are considering it due time to label him a bust. Mike Wallace could come back, but he’ll be 32-years old by the start of the 2018 season. Jeremy Maclin will be 30.
The Ravens could end up trading for Jarvis Landry, but even so, they need a wide receiver who can do it all. A player they can truly count on to be a reliable target for Joe Flacco in the near future. A player like D.J. Moore.
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There’s nothing truly fantastic about Moore. His size is average but bulky, at 5-foot-11, 215. His speed is good for his size, but he won’t take the top off of a defense. What is great about Moore is his exceptional ability to make catches, and make the most out of those catches. It sounds simple, because it is simple.
Moore has stellar hand-eye coordination. He’s very good facing one-on-one matchups, and as we saw at Maryland, he doesn’t need a good quarterback or a good supporting cast to produce. Moore can do things on his own. He can create with his balance, staying upright like a running back after making the catch. He’s a player that isn’t flashy, but his sheer reliability can be flashy from time to time, simply because it isn’t normal.
Moore has plenty of fans on the Maryland Terrapins coaching staff, and when he ultimately makes the 40-minute drive from his college to the city of his new team, the Ravens’ coaching staff will be just as enamored with the rookie wide receiver. Moore can play, and he’ll give the Ravens receiving core a bit of credibility, something they’ve lacked for a long time.