According to the Contra County Times, it is Denarius Moore and not Darrius Heyward-Bey who will be the Raiders’ #1 receiver next season. This might sound strange because Heyward-Bey led the team in receiving by a large margin last season (64/975/4 as opposed to 33/618/5). However, Moore was just a rookie and played just 13 games.
He also actually outgained Heyward-Bey down the stretch once Carson Palmer arrived. In 6 games with Carson Palmer, Moore caught 19 passes for 406 yards and 3 touchdowns. For reference, in those same 6 games, Heyward-Bey caught 25 passes for 398 yards and 2 touchdowns. Moore has been the talk of Raiders’ practice all offseason, earning high praise from the coaching staff, quarterback Carson Palmer, and members of the media alike. Heading into his 2nd season and his 1st with a full offseason of reps, Moore could easily outproduce Heyward-Bey this season.