The Panthers targeted their WRs at the 4th highest rate in the league. Robby Anderson got off to the hot start, but sizzled off to end the season.
DJ Moore averaged only 6.9 targets over the first 10 games of the season. He had only three games in that span over 7 targets, and was the WR54 in that span.
In Moore’s last 5 weeks, he averaged 9.8 targets/game and was the PPR WR24 in that span on a per-game basis – without scoring any TDs.
Curtis Samuel started coming along towards the end of the season as well, averaging 6 catches for 79.3 yards after Week 10.
Well, Samuel is probably gone in free agency, which vacates 97 targets.
But, Christian McCaffrey is set to be back and will eat up targets, right? Sure, but the Panthers were still near the top of the league in targets to their RBs without McCaffrey.
Despite being out-targeted by Robby Anderson on the year, Moore was 6th in the entire league in air yards. He was 2nd in the league in air yards share. The offense was designed to get Moore the ball on big plays.
He still ended up with a healthy 24% target share, but him and Teddy couldn’t connect. In fact, his catchable target rate was ranked 77th among WRs, according to Player Profiler.
Among all WRs with at least 100 targets in 2020, Moore was 7th in yards/route run – behind Davante Adams, Justin Jefferson, AJ Brown, Stefon Diggs, Calvin Ridley, and DeAndre Hopkins. He was 2nd in the league in yards after catch/reception. He’s a good WR.
He’s turning 24 in April, and let’s not forget the type of stud prospect he was coming out of college.
The end of his season was encouraging, and a move at QB would be welcome to unlock Moore’s ceiling. However, the latter part of the season and another offseason together can improve the connection between Bridgewater and Moore.
Moore disappointed many in 2020, and because of it, will leave many avoiding him in drafts. I’ll be looking to take advantage.