Moore opens new teammates' eyes

November 11, 2011, 7:09 pm
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SAN DIEGO -- T.J. Houshmandazdeh has been with the Raiders for all of two games.But he has also been in the NFL since 2001, so he's seen a lot of things in his pro career.Thursday night, the 11th-year veteran receiver saw something special in rookie pass catcher Denarius Moore. "In his fourth year in the NFL, when they're talking about the best players in the NFL, his name should come up," Houshmandzadeh said. "And if it doesn't, it won't be because of a lack of talent. It will be because he doesn't want it, or injury."Moore's Tour de Force in prime time at San Diego went like this -- five receptions, including a ridiculous shoestring, sticky-fingered catch on a bomb, for 123 yards and two touchdowns.It was reminiscent of the daily shows he put on in training camp, as well as his coming-out party in Buffalo, when he had five catches for 146 yards and a touchdown in a heart-breaking loss.This time, though, Moore's heroics came in a 24-17 victory over the Chargers.And it came with new quarterback Carson Palmer throwing him the ball, rather than Jason Campbell. Palmer has obviously found something to like about the rookie, what with targeting him 12 times on Sunday against Denver and then throwing seven more balls his way against San Diego."He can be as good as he wants to be," Palmer said of Moore. "That catch he made on the long fade was amazing. he ran some great routes. he has great hands. He has everything you need to be a successful receiver. It just depends on how great he wants to be."He's a special talent and the sky's the limit for him."