It hasn’t been the best training camp for the Raiders as they work their way back to respectability.
One latest issue has been determining who the go-to receiver is, and if offensive coordinator Greg Olson’s words are any indication, it’s not Denarius Moore. Not yet, anyway.
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Olson told the media that Moore’s maturation process is far from complete.
"Well, a lot of it is going to be on Denarius," Olson said, according to a transcript on Raiders.com. "To me, it’s that whole character issue, becoming a self-starter, becoming a self-motivated person, and a lot of that comes with maturity. I think he’d be the first guy to say we’re constantly on top of him and it’s hard to give someone like that any base, so we just coach him up, but I think he’s becoming a more mature player and more mature person, so I think that’s going to help as well.
Moore has been suffering through bouts of inconsistency and concentration drops during training camp, per head coach Dennis Allen. And given that the team has an unproven quarterback in Matt Flynn (two career starts), a running back in Darren McFadden coming off one of his worst seasons, a banged-up and talent-poor offensive line and no established tight end, it would behoove Moore — or any of his wide-receiver brethren — to step up.
On the bright side, Olson said he thinks it can happen still with Moore, who is entering his third season in the NFL. It just hasn’t yet, apparently.
"A lot of players will tell you, if they’re fortunate enough to stay in the league for any length of time, they will all tell you, ‘Boy, I wish I had been more mature as a younger player,’" Olson said. "And I think that maturity will happen for Denarius."