Redskins-Raiders matchup No. 2: Denarius Moore vs. DeAngelo Hall
Denarius Moore doesn’t need triple-digit receiving yards every time, but he needs to make an impact each week. (AP)
Denarius Moore will be paired up with Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall, a physical, intimidating presence known for talking trash. (AP)
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Editor’s note: This is the second part in a series that spotlights three Raiders-Redskins matchups to watch Sunday, 1:25 p.m., at Oakland Coliseum
Raiders WR Denarius Moore vs. Redskins CB DeAngelo Hall
Tale of the tape:
Moore (17): 6-feet, 190 pounds, 10th season, Tennessee
Hall (23): 5-foot-10, 193 pounds, third season, Virginia Tech
Denarius Moore had his best game in years Monday night. He had a career high six catches for 124 yards, a runner up to his personal best. It was a flash of great potential, which has teased Raider Nation off and on since Moore was drafted in 2011.
Problem is, it came a week after he had more drops than catches. Moore is like a box of chocolates. You never, well, you get the drift.
“I think he’s still developing as a player; he’s still a relatively young player in this league,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “He’s a good football player and he’s going to continue to develop, he’s going to continue to get better. I’m not worried about Denarius Moore, when you look up at the end of the year you’re going to say he made a lot of good plays for us.”
The Raiders hope he makes a few each game. He doesn’t need triple-digit receiving yards every time, but he needs to make an impact. Disappointment can’t get him down. Opposition can’t, either.
“That’s what I’m slowly learning,” Moore said before the Broncos game. “The coaches and the quarterback are always going to have faith in me, so I need to forget about a drop after it happens. I need to get back in that huddle with a positive attitude.”
That’s why Sunday’s game will be so important. He’ll be paired up with Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall, a physical, intimidating presence known for talking trash. If there’s anyone who can psyche a vulnerable receiver out, Hall’s the guy.
He has an interception and a forced fumble already this season, a bright spot on a struggling defense. The season’s best performance came last week, with a 44.6 quarterback rating against him.
He’s been targeted more than any other Raider and is the only receiver with a touchdown, but Moore could’ve had more.
Consistency separates Moore from other go-to receivers. Coaches say it’s about concentration, attitude and taking advantage of opportunities as they come.
It’s more than that. It’s about swagger, a confidence that he can’t be beat. Moore’s a quiet man with the press, with a wavering commitment to detail. He is a playmaker; that’s undeniable. The Raiders would like to see his talent in consecutive games, especially after a strong showing against the Broncos. That’s been rare, and Hall will make it tough Sunday afternoon.
“I think it would be huge,” Allen said. “I think it would be huge for his confidence, for the confidence of this football team. He’s a guy that we count on, he has playmaking ability and he showed it the other night. Really we’re looking for the consistency of being able to do that on a game in and game out basis. There’s going to be some games where you have more catches, there’s going to be some games where you have more yards but it’s the consistency of making the plays when you get the opportunity. He certainly did that the other night.”
In line image of Denarius Moore provided by USA Today Images