Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 8/31/12
Denarius Moore entered the NFL in 2011, absent of any significant hype. The Raiders selected him with the 148th overall pick, in the fifth round of the draft. But he even though he entered his initial training camp amid sizable competition from a cluster of talented yet youthful WRs, he made a rapid and distinctly positive impression. Most observers believed that he was the most impressive WR at camp, and his effectiveness continued in the preseason. That carried on to the regular season, when he collected a 26-yard pass on his first play from scrimmage. By week two, he had ascended into a starting role. The lightning fast Moore ultimately started 10 games, in part because he was sidelined for three contests due to a foot injury. But his obvious big play ability led to an instant connection with Carson Palmer, as Moore amassed nine catches for 184 yards in his first two full games with Palmer under center. He also closed out the year by producing 195 yards in Oakland’s final two contests,
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