Cleveland Browns: Benjamin Watson Injured, Evan Moore Set To Break Out
For the casual Cleveland Browns fan, Evan Moore is virtually still an unknown with his ability to show up in the game randomly, exiting as quickly as he entered. Recently however, his timely catches and toughness, especially when battling through All-Pro Jets' cornerback Darrelle Revis, have started to become noticed around the league.
At just 25 years of age, Moore is still young and trying to establish himself as a legitimate tight end option on the team. Standing tall at 6'6 and weighing 247 pounds though, Moore is hard to miss on the field, bringing a power style of running after the catch with him.
Moore also has a knack for showing up mainly when the offensive drive is on the line, bringing in a circus catch in coverage, and showcasing his ability to catch with his hands instead of his body. This hasn't gone unappreciated, with Browns' fans demanding that he should receive more playing time.
This past week the media confronted head coach Eric Mangini about the issue, to which he responded; "If you don't have sustained drives, you don't have opportunities. If our time of possession is skewed one way, the amount of chances you have to get anybody involved decreases dramatically. What you don't want to do is say we're going to throw him the ball, and we throw the ball into coverage."
On the year, Moore has 14 receptions for 306 yards. While at Stanford, Evan Moore was the leading receiver of now Jaguars passer Trent Edwards, racking up 103 receptions for 1555 receiving yards and 12 TD catches in his career. His collegiate accomplishments earned him awards including First Team Pac-10 All-Academic, Honorable Mention All-Pac-10, and District Eight Academic All-American.
For an intelligent player that has been so reliable, one would assume he would be incorporated into the offense more than he has been. Fortunately for Moore, starting tight end Benjamin Watson has been limited in practice all week with a sore ankle, an injury which occurred last weekend against Jacksonville. If Watson can't go, Evan would be elevated to starting tight end on the depth chart, alongside Robert Royal, against the Carolina Panthers.
Sitting at 1-9, the Panthers' defense is averaging 25.2 points allowed per game, but a key statistic to that is they have surrendered an alarming 679 yards to tight ends in those 10 games, meaning Evan Moore is in for one big game Sunday.
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