Chris Moore is turning heads at training camp, and for the first time in a while, it seems that the Ravens have a real chance to develop a wide receiver. Chris Moore was drafted in the fourth round of the NFL draft by the Ravens in 2016. During his first season with the Ravens, Moore was mostly a special teams player. He showcased his talent to find the football while serving in this role. He recovered two blocked kicks and returned one for a touchdown in his rookie year.
The Ravens suffered from massive disappointment and turnover in the wide receiver group last year, which gave Moore an opportunity to step into a bigger role. In the second half of the season, Moore seized the moment. Moore became a frequent target of quarterback Joe Flacco, as he showcased his abilities to make plays. It was apparent that Moore was transforming into a legitimate wide receiver right before our eyes, but he was far from perfect. All can see Moore’s potential, and although he has not reached his maximum, it appears that he is continuing the upward trend of the past few years this offseason.
Like the previous two years, Moore is now being handed another opportunity to prove himself. Although Moore is young, he is one of the most experienced wide receivers on this roster in regards to playing with the starting quarterback, Joe Flacco. Moore is also projected to be fourth on the receiver depth chart. This will result in him playing a significant amount of snaps on offense. It seems like the perfect storm for Chris Moore, he is set to play more than ever and is already well acquainted with the starting quarterback. Moore will be targeted early and often in the early parts of this season. If he can capitalize on these opportunities, he will develop to become a force to be reckoned with.
It is apparent to me that Moore will take this opportunity and make the most out of it. He’s done so for the previous two years. Moore will be one of the surprises this year with his expanded role. It will be a situation similar to Alex Collins’ last year. A relatively unknown player emerges out of a positional group that needs playmakers. The potential breakout of Chris Moore seems more likely than ever, and should the top four receivers all pan out, Baltimore’s offense will be in its best condition since 2014.