Moore’s talent is undeniable. Receivers don’t accidentally have back-to-back, 1,000-yard seasons in the SEC. The first of three receivers the Packers drafted last year, Moore arrived in Green Bay with lofty expectations for that very productive reason.
The only thing holding him back to this point has been confidence and consistency, which occasionally manifest themselves in the form of ill-timed drops like Thursday night.
The most frustrating part is it’s not the tough catches that have been the problem for Moore. Last week, he showed off his 38-inch vertical in bringing in a deep ball near the sideline in the first of two joint practices with the Texans.
To Moore’s credit, he never gets prickly when answering questions on the topic. The way the 6-foot-3, 205-pound receiver sees things, these moments are how “men separate themselves from the boys.”
Moore was again honest and straightforward when addressing the media Sunday, offering a glimpse into his mindset amidst the adversity that athletes rarely provide.
“The biggest thing with me, I think, is just relaxing and letting it ride,” Moore said. “Sometimes, I’ll just be out there playing, and my mind is somewhere else. I might be a little too anticipating, too antsy. I’ve just got to relax and be who I am, you know. They drafted me for a reason, and I’ve got a talent that’s behind that. I’ve just got to bring it out, be consistent, and I’m going to make it work for sure – for a long time.”
Moore saw action in 12 games as a rookie, but played sparingly on offense (two catches for 15 yards on 74 offensive snaps). This summer, he’s been a part of a 10-receiver competition for jobs and roles behind two-time Pro Bowler Davante Adams.