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DJ Moore

Chicago's new receiver has struggled with drops

I like Chicago’s decision to obtain DJ Moore in that blockbuster trade involving the No. 1 overall pick. Carolina originally selected him with the 24th pick of the 2018 draft, and if teams knew how he would develop, he would have gone even earlier.

Without Moore, the Bears would have needed to use an early selection on a wide receiver (in what’s a lesser year for the position). Now the Bears can instead look at other position.

At times Moore has looked like one of the league’s top 15 wide receivers. And his addition makes the entire group look better. Darnell Mooney and Chase Claypool look a lot stronger as second and third options, rather than as a team’s two main wide receivers.

All this said, I have the drops data in front of me for the last three years, and I notice that Moore ranks last among the 30 wide receivers who’ve seen at least 200 catchable balls over the last three years. He’s dropped almost 10 percent of the passes thrown his way, worst among this group of receivers.

I don’t consider drops to be a significant problem for Moore. Part of his issues could be tied to playing with lesser quarterbacks, with more off-target throwing (increasing drops potential). Nonetheless, it’s one of the numbers I look at, and Moore comes out on the bottom.

WIDE RECEIVER DROPS (last 3 years)
Tyler Boyd20920452.39%
Amon-Ra St. Brown20119652.49%
Hunter Renfrow20019552.50%
Davante Adams349338113.15%
DeAndre Hopkins22922183.49%
Tyler Lockett267257103.75%
Chris Godwin278267113.96%
Justin Jefferson338324144.14%
Mike Evans231221104.33%
Terry McLaurin252241114.37%
Adam Thielen221211104.52%
Keenan Allen285272134.56%
Cooper Kupp328312164.88%
Brandin Cooks240228125.00%
Jakobi Meyers220209115.00%
Michael Pittman240227135.42%
Stefon Diggs359338215.85%
Tyreek Hill337317205.93%
Marvin Jones208195136.25%
Christian Kirk224209156.70%
Amari Cooper256238187.03%
DK Metcalf267248197.12%
Marquise Brown233216177.30%
Russell Gage204189157.35%
A.J. Brown239221187.53%
Brandon Aiyuk210194167.62%
CeeDee Lamb282260227.80%
Diontae Johnson306281258.17%
Tee Higgins236215218.90%
DJ Moore246222249.76%

—Ian Allan

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