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is Denarius Moore a viable No. 1 receiver?
In the 2011 NFL draft, Al Davis' final draft with the team, the Oakland Raiders took a fifth-round flier on wide receiver Denarius Moore. It was no surprise, as Moore clocked a 4.45-second 40-yard dash at the combine, one of the 10 fastest among receivers in 2011.
Thus far, the investment has panned out, as Moore improved on his 2011 production in 2012 and looks poised to be the team's top target.
"He's a guy that we're counting on being our No. 1 receiver," Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said of Moore, according to Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times. "But we need all those guys. ... At the end of the day, we'll have five, maybe six receivers that have a chance to help this football team."
Moore was benched for poor performance late in his second season, so these words could be interpreted as either supporting Moore or reminding him that there are plenty of guys behind him who could earn playing time.
The third year is often regarded as the year in which players begin to come into their own, so there is some pressure on Moore to prove he is capable of being an ultra-reliable target in the passing game.
None of it will matter unless the Raiders get better production at quarterback, though, and with Carson Palmer out the door, the Raiders will field their sixth different Week 1 starter at quarterback in the past eight years.