The Oakland Raiders have seen two names on their team associated with trade rumors this off season, Terrelle Pryor and Denarius Moore. Pryor was eventually traded to the Seattle Seahawks for a seventh round pick. That left Moore, the underachieving speedster wideout that has frustrated Raiders coaches and fans alike for years with his inconsistency.
Entering the draft, it looked as though there was a distinct possibility that the Raiders would draft a wide receiver with one of their first two picks. When they did not go wideout, I was convinced that it meant Moore would finish out the final year of his rookie contract with the team that drafted him.
The fact of the matter is, he is still very cheap as a result of being on his rookie deal, and more importantly, his speed is something that you cannot teach. Regardless of how inconsistent he is, defensive coordinators need to account for his speed when he is on the field. On his good days, the Raiders have seen him put up 150 yards and multiple touchdowns. That kind of threat is always good to have even if it doesn’t always back itself up.
But now I am starting to have a change of heart. With the team back working out at organized team activities, reports have been that Andre Holmes is moving into the third wide receiver position behind James Jones and Rod Streater, surpassing Moore in the process. With the addition of Greg Little, the Raiders now have another guy with potential who they can fit into the mix. Little does not have the talent of Moore, but one has to wonder if he has more drive.
One of the problems with Moore has been immaturity and a refusal to focus on the details. Being bumped down to the fourth and possibly even fifth receiver position is not likely going to motivate him to do what he has neglected his entire professional career. The threat of speed off the bench is a great thing to have, but not if opposing coaches know the player’s head is not in the game. If Moore turns into Randy Moss and simply goes through the motions when on the field, he would be of no use to the Raiders.
Now that they have added a guy in Greg Little and Andre Holmes has started to show that the second half of last season may not have been just a blip on the radar, Moore is more expendable. It is not a situation where the Raiders should be in a rush to trade Moore but if the right offer comes around, McKenzie must consider getting a pick for a guy who will almost certainly not be in silver and black come 2015.