It’s no secret that the Ravens invested heavily in wide receivers this past off-season. Even so, we can’t overlook wide receiver Chris Moore in 2018.
Michael Crabtree. John Brown. Willie Snead. Jordan Lasley. Jaleel Scott.
These are the names of the wide receivers the Ravens have added this off-season. With the likes of Mike Wallace departing in free agency and Breshad Perriman already finding himself on the roster bubble, it’s easy to envision the five aforementioned names as the Ravens depth chart at receiver for 2018.
But what about Chris Moore?
In case you’ve forgotten, Chris Moore was drafted back in fourth round of the 2016 draft out of Cincinnati. Moore has been far more productive during his NFL career than his stat line in two seasons. Those numbers don’t portray Moore’s dedication to the game.
A special team’s ace, Moore has found a niche with the Ravens brass and is a lock to make the roster, barring something unforeseen. After all, he’s one of the few offensive players on this roster with sort of connection with Joe Flacco. That may not mean much, but if we take into account those five brand-new names added this off-season, it could be a difference maker.
Familiarity is key:
Chris Moore is familiar with the offense, special teams, and the coaching staff. That goes a longways in today’s NFL. You don’t need to be a Pro Bowler to stay in the league for 8-10 years, after all. Plenty of guys have long careers as solid special teams players. Remember the name Sean Considine? If you don’t, it’s okay, he didn’t do much in the NFL (you can see his stats here).
Considine played in the NFL for eight years primarily as a special teams player. Coincidentally enough, he won a ring with the Ravens in 2012. The point here is, Chris Moore has a roster spot secured because of his special teams prowess.
Now that we have that checked off our list, we can talk about why you need to remember who Chris Moore is. He is the only Ravens receiver, from 2017, who’s seemingly a lock for this roster that has any familiarity with anything in Baltimore. The offense, the quarterback, you name it.
Moore’s presence with the Ravens is vital, more than he’s given credit for. Is he a 1,000-yard receiver? Probably not. But I’d be more than willing to bet he makes plenty of impact in 2018. Do yourselves a favor, Ravens Flock, and don’t forget the name “Chris Moore.” He’s going to make more of an impact than you’d ever know.