ALAMEDA -– Raiders receiver Denarius Moore started training camp on the bubble.
Years of inconsistent play and offseason upgrades at the position put his job in jeopardy, even with just a year left on his rookie contract.
Fast-forward two months and Moore is a major part of the Raiders offensive plans.
Rookie Derek Carr’s promotion to starting quarterback has added to that. The pair developed a strong chemistry working on the second team that was evident in an explosive exhibition finale against the Seattle Seahawks, when he had three receptions for 58 yards and two touchdowns in 11 snaps.
Moore has increased his consistency over the past few weeks, which coincided with a rise up the depth chart. Head coach Dennis Allen has locked in on a reason why.
“I think Denarius has really kind of gotten back to where he was maybe a couple of years ago when we first got here,” Allen said. “I saw a different demeanor out of Denarius Moore this year and he’s been a lot more consistent. I think he’s beginning to take that next step, which is really a positive sign.”
Moore knows what Allen is talking about. Pressure to live up to lofty expectations weighed him down, and stress pulled focus from the simple task of catching passes.
“In the past I was too worried about being the go-to guy,” Moore said. “I was building up pressure when I really didn’t have to. I came in this year that I’m not going to control things I can’t control. I’ve stayed focused on football, and it’s made things easier for me.”