D.J. Moore talks working with Fields, improving receiver room


Throughout D.J. Moore's career with the Carolina Panthers, he's partnered with some underwhelming quarterbacks. Cam Newton, Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield, Teddy Bridgewater. Just to name a few. 

Moore stated on Thursday he wouldn't call the Panthers' revolving door of quarterbacks a "mess," but he understands he's stepping into a better situation with the Bears and Justin Fields. 

"I'm real excited," Moore said on the prospect of playing with Fields. "I heard a lot of good things. We've been talking for a few days, so looking forward to getting on the field.

"The sky's the limit from there."

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Fields and Moore have reportedly met for dinner already. The two, along with Chase Claypool and Darnell Mooney, attended Wednesday night's home Bulls game against the Sacramento Kings. The pass catchers were quick to begin bonding with their newly founded member. 

And last season, the same cohort (minus Moore) struggled. Only one pass catcher on the team (Cole Kmet) recorded over 500 receiving yards. The Bears posted the lowest number of passing yards for any NFL team last season. 

Now that Moore is on the roster, he believes the unit will improve by his presence. 

"I think everybody's level could reach a new level here now that I'm here," Moore said. "It's just going to elevate the offense and just elevate Justin at the same time. I'm here to just make everybody around me better and we just want to try to go get some wins."


The hope, from a logical standpoint, is Moore can not only work as a "playmaker" – as he referred to himself – but alleviate pressure on the other receivers. Before Mooney assumed the role as the No. 1 pass-catching option last season, he thrived as the No. 2 beside Allen Robinson. In his sophomore year, he recorded over 1,000 yards receiving and four touchdowns. 

Claypool will become a tertiary option through the air. This role should benefit him better, considering expectations were high for him last season when he entered the team in the middle of the season. A full offseason to learn the offense should help, too. 

As for Moore, he becomes the go-to guy for Fields in the passing game. And hopefully, by playing with the best quarterback he's seen in an NFL game in his career, he can replicate the three straight 1,000+ yard seasons he posted from 2019-21. 

Right now, however, he's focused on being where his feet are, and working hard. 

"The way that we got me here was to better the franchise. So that's what I'm here to do," Moore said. "I'm going to put my head down and work hard every day and just go from there."

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