Former Terrapins WR D.J. Moore notches first 1,000-yard season

Andy Kwong

Carolina Panthers' wide receiver D.J. Moore surpassed 1,000 receiving yards for the first time in his two-year NFL career this weekend, after his 81-yard performance against the Atlanta Falcons.

Moore was the 25th overall pick by the Panthers in the 2018 NFL Draft. In his last season with the Terrapins, he became one of the more electric players in all of college football. He had a breakout season with 1,033 receiving yards and nine total touchdowns. 

He further improved his draft stock after an incredible performance at the NFL Combine. He ran an impressive 4.42 40-yard dash and had a vertical jump of 39.5 inches. 

The Panthers have not had any player with over 1,000 receiving yards in a season since tight end Greg Olsen in 2016. They have not had a wide receiver eclipse that mark since Kelvin Benjamin in 2014.

The former Terrapin has already proven to be the Panthers' No. 1 receiver, especially over others players on their roster such as Curtis Samuel and Jarius Wright. Moore leads the team with 72 targets over the last seven weeks. He is quietly becoming one of the top receivers in the NFL as the Panthers made a good choice in selecting him in the draft.

He currently has 78 receptions, 1,061 receiving yards, 30 rushing yards, and four touchdowns. Moore will continue to add to his totals with three more games to go against the Seahawks, Colts, and Saints.

The Panthers and fantasy owners have to be thrilled with his development. He should continue to be a dominant receiver for many more years to come.