After a mixed first campaign, the Arizona Cardinals may finally hit pay dirt with Rondale Moore in 2022. Dan Graziano wrote on Wednesday that Moore’s versatility has been noted by the coaching staff, which means he may be used everywhere from the backfield to the wide receiver positions. Moore is expected to play a major role in this offense.
The second-round pick in 2021 had 54 receptions for 435 yards and one score in 2018, but with Christian Kirk having left via free agency, he may be called upon to play a larger role this coming season. The NFL has suspended wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins for the first six games of the season for using illegal performance-enhancing drugs.
The Cardinals have veteran A.J. Green and the newly acquired Marquise Brown at wide receiver, but it’s evident the coaching staff will find a role for Moore.
The 22-year-old showed off his skills early in the previous year, catching four passes for 68 yards in Week 1 and seven passes for 114 yards and a touchdown in Week 2. He never had another game with 60 yards, despite the Cardinals’ best efforts to use him as a kick returner, punt returner, and rusher.
Given that the team just lost explosive running back Chase Edmonds to free agency, his 18 rushing attempts last year are especially fascinating.
Despite the fact that James Conner averaged just 3.7 yards per carrying last season, he was a fantasy football darling owing to his 18 touchdowns from scrimmage. Eno Benjamin, who started as the backup, had a 3.5 average.
This may pave the way for Moore to succeed in a Deebo Samuel-like capacity in 2022. In addition to his 114 receptions for 1,258 yards, Moore rushed for 213 yards and scored twice on 21 carries during his All-American freshman season at Purdue. It’s crucial to get the ball to him and let him do his thing.
In Year 2, Moore has a great chance to break out as a major contributor on the field and in fantasy leagues thanks to head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s high-octane system.
Moore broke Otis Armstrong’s record of 312 all-purpose yards set in 1972, in his first game with the Boilermakers and in his first game ever, with 313 yards. Moore’s rushing touchdown from 76 yards out in that same game tied the score at 14.
In the end, the Boilermakers were defeated by a score of 31–27. On September 3, 2018, Moore was honored as the Big Ten Conference’s Co-Freshman of the Week. Moore received the honor of Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the second time on September 24, 2018.
Moore received the honor of Big Ten Rookie of the Week for the second time on October 22, 2018. Moore received his fourth Freshman of the Week honor from the Big Ten Conference on November 25, 2018.
Moore finished the regular season of 2018 with 1,164 receiving yards, 203 rushing yards, and thirteen total touchdowns. Moore’s total of 2,048 all-purpose yards was second only to Dorien Bryant’s 2,121 in 2007.
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