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Rondale Moore shows his versatility in Week 1 NFL preseason

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Rondale Moore made a difference in the running and passing game in Week 1 of the NFL preseason. We recap his performance.

Wide receiver Rondale Moore #85 of the Arizona Cardinals runs onto the field before the NFL preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys at State Farm Stadium on August 13, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Arizona Cardinals rookie wide receiver Rondale Moore is an exciting player to watch, and he was involved in a variety of ways during Friday night’s 19-16 win over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1 of the preseason. Moore has incredible speed, and he saw work in the running and passing game on Friday night.

Stats

Moore touched the ball five times for 39 yards. He caught three passes for 23 yards on four targets, and his two carries went for 16 yards.

Analysis

Moore made a name for himself during his college career with the Purdue Boilermakers with his incredible burst of speed, but the issue was staying healthy. It’s always tough to know what to take away from a preseason game especially early on as the Cardinals did not play Kyler Murray and were without starting receivers A.J. Green and DeAndre Hopkins. Still, it’s good to see the coaching staff doing whatever they can to get Moore the ball. If he finds himself in open space, he could break for a long gain.

Fantasy implications

Moore is a late-round flyer if he is drafted at all in fantasy drafts heading into the season, but if he sees a decent number of touches his way when the regular season gets started, that would certainly raise his floor and his fantasy impact. There is a chance of Moore being a boom-or-bust option where fantasy owners are going to struggle to know when to keep him in the lineup. He could rack up a ton of points on a single play with his play-making ability, but it might be difficult to project as a rookie buried on the wide receiver depth chart.