David Moore showed a lot of potential in 2018. Now he's trying to show he can be the complete package at receiver.
After spending most of his rookie season on the practice squad, the former seventh-round pick out of East Central, a Division II school, made a number of big plays and had a couple of big games, but his production was far from consistent. Both Moore and the Seahawks expect that to change in his third season.
Moore finished last season with 26 catches for 445 yards and five touchdowns, but that production came in spurts. After not catching a pass in Seattle's first three games and catching two in Week 4, Moore had nine catches for 182 yards and four touchdowns in his next three games. After another quiet stretch, Moore had 160 yards and a huge fourth-down score to secure a win in Carolina over the course of two games in Weeks 11 and 12.
Moore's athleticism and big-play ability were obvious in 2018, but with another season of experience under his belt, the hope now is that he is ready to be a more complete receiver who can produce on a weekly basis. Last season, Moore primarily stuck to one outside receiver spot, mostly serving as an effective deep-ball threat down the left sideline. During OTAs and minicamp, however, the Seahawks have used Moore in multiple receiver spots as he works to show he can handle a bigger role.
"David Moore made a big jump," Carroll said. "He looks like a complete guy. In the past we have kept David in one spot just to make sure he could really focus on a spot, but it's not like that anymore. He can play any of the spots, he can move around. We're motioning him, shifting him and all kinds of things, and he's got it. Sometimes competition is a beautiful thing. It brings out the very best. You can see David has really stepped up."
Added offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer: "He's so much more comfortable right now. Last year he was kind of a one position kind of guy. Now we're moving him all over the place."
None of this is to say Moore should have done more prior to this year; receiver is a complex position, and the transition to the NFL can be challenging for any young player at that position, and especially for one coming from a Division II program where he was able to dominate with physical ability more than technique.
"He had room to grow," Carroll said. "He was still a young receiver last year, meaning he might not be quite on the mark on his alignments, maybe miss an adjustment at times or something like that just because he's a new guy learning. We know David came from a background where he didn't have to do a lot of stuff, just had to go out there and catch the ball and run. He has had to come a long way. Quite often, receivers take a couple of years, sometimes the three-year rule kind of kicks in for young receivers, particularly guys who are the true natural athlete guys that things come easy to. There's a lot of discipline involved in this position, and David has made the jump, and we're thrilled about it. He's ready to go and really go for it."
Moore's maturation couldn't come at a better time for a team that parted ways with longtime No. 1 receiver Doug Baldwin in the offseason. But even though Moore is in the competition to take on a bigger role following Baldwin's departure, he isn't about to imply that it's his job to replace the former Pro-Bowler.
"I'm ready to take on the role I need to take on," Moore said when asked about competing for a starting spot. "Doug left some big shoes we all have to fill. Hopefully we all get to fill them."
Moore credits veterans like Tyler Lockett and Baldwin before his departure for helping him prepare to do more as a receiver, but while he has clearly come a long way, he isn't assuming anything about his role this year.
"I'm just taking the next step and playing my role and just getting better every day," Moore said.
But while Moore is taking the humble approach, his coaches and teammates have clearly been impressed with the growth they have seen.
"I think David Moore's looking really great," quarterback Russell Wilson said. "He's had a solid, great, special camp.
"He can play any position… He's a true threat all across the field, and no matter when he gets the ball, he can score."
Photos from Day 3 of the Seattle Seahawks' 2019 mandatory minicamp, the final day of the team's offseason workout program held on Thursday, June 13 at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center.