TEMPE, Ariz. — Sometimes listening to Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury, it is troublesome to know whether or not he is excited or not. The inflection in his voice not often modifications, often staying at a comparatively monotone stage by wins or losses.
But Kingsbury perked up speaking about how the Cardinals’ second-spherical decide in final weekend’s draft, extensive receiver Rondale Moore, may fit into his offense. There was a detectable stage of pleasure in his phrases.
It was clear the third-12 months head coach was trying ahead to scheming for Moore, who in 20 video games at Purdue made 178 catches for 1,915 yards and 17 complete touchdowns.
“We’re going to use him in as many different ways as we can,” Kingsbury mentioned. “I mean, you look at the college film. They did a great job. They have a great offensive system. [Purdue] coach [Jeff] Brohm does a tremendous job there of maximizing his personnel and Rondale was able to do a bunch of different things, whether it’s handing the ball from the backfield, toss to him on a sweep, go outside or on a fade route, he does it all. And then the return game is really impressive as well.
“So, we’ll transfer him round and ensure he will get his justifiable share of touches. And while you watch the movie, that is what jumps out greater than something. He’s a smaller man in stature however he is actually, actually robust and he is actually, actually explosive so anytime he will get to that first step, it is arduous to maintain up with.”
When Brohm heard the Cardinals took Moore with the No. 49 pick overall, he told the receiver it was the best fit for him in the NFL.
“I don’t think he could get on a better team that will maximize his potential and I say that because I do think Kliff is a creative thinker,” Brohm told ESPN. “He’s going to think outside the box and he’s going to realize, ‘Hey, this guy’s kind of a different type of player but he’s very dynamic and he’s got a lot of great qualities. He may not fit the mold of every slot receiver, outside receiver you’re looking for but with the ball in his hands, he can do some special things.”
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In Moore, the Cardinals get a 5-foot-7, 181-pound speedster who can do a little little bit of every little thing (he scored 14 touchdowns receiving, three dashing). If that sounds acquainted, it is as a result of the Cardinals have two comparable receivers: Christian Kirk and Andy Isabella.
What’s completely different about Moore? Both Kingsbury and common supervisor Steve Keim appeared optimistic he will be a sport changer for an offense that fell stagnant in the second half of the 2020 season.
“The playmaking ability with a ball in his hands was something that we thought was going to be a huge addition to our receiver room,” Keim mentioned.
At Purdue, Brohm used Moore inside and outdoors, but in addition preferred lining him up in the backfield. Brohm didn’t hand the ball off to him a lot however preferred to throw to him bubble screens off movement and different passes behind the road of scrimmage. The extra Brohm may isolate Moore in protection in opposition to linebackers, the larger the benefit.
“When he’s in the backfield, you’re able to get off the line of scrimmage a little bit,” Brohm mentioned. “You’re able to get him in space and get the ball in his hands quickly. He’s the type of guy that, I think, you have to do that and when you do, he’s got a rare combination of quickness and agility and strength.”
Brohm additionally used Moore to stretch out defenses and, at instances, as a decoy. He thinks with the Cardinals, Moore would play slot receiver and get 5 to eight touches a sport.
Moore ran his 40-yard sprint in 4.29 seconds, jumped 42 inches and did his three-cone drill in 6.6 seconds, all numbers Keim described as “off the chart.” Moore pressured 30 missed tackles in 2018, his solely full season at Purdue, which is the third-most by a extensive receiver in the final three seasons, in keeping with ESPN Stats & Information.
The ninth-12 months common supervisor in contrast Moore’s measurements to Kansas City’s Tyreek Hill.
Moore has the potential to have an on the spot affect on the Cardinals’ offense and he is keen to play outdoors receiver or slot. If Kingsbury strains him up in the backfield to take handoffs, Arizona might not want one other operating again to enhance James Conner and Chase Edmonds.
“Whatever is asked of me, I’ll be willing to do,” Moore mentioned. “I have a unique skillset that will enable me to win in multiple positions.
“If you want a massive play, when you want a brief-down play, regardless of the case could also be, and simply being dynamic in the return sport — punt return and kick return.”
Moore only returned 42 kicks and 17 punts at Purdue, mostly as a freshman because Brohm didn’t want to risk his star offensive weapon getting hurt.
For Moore to be successful in the NFL, Brohm, who bounced around the league as a quarterback for seven years, said Moore needs to be durable. After a great freshman season, Moore was hampered by hamstring injuries in his sophomore and junior seasons that limited him to eight games over his last two seasons.
“I do think that his injuries were something that he can recover from and learn how to prevent and make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Brohm said. “It wasn’t anything catastrophic. I think, because of it, he will manage his body even better and be more attuned to, ‘Hey, I’m not gonna let this happen again.’”
Under Kingsbury, Moore will have opportunities to play alongside the likes of receivers DeAndre Hopkins and A.J. Green. Since Kingsbury took over in 2019, the Cardinals have run 548 plays with four or more receivers. No other team has more than 161 such plays, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
With Kingsbury’s already-creative sense of play design and playcalling, coupled with his relationship with Brohm and interest in Purdue’s offense, there may not have been a better situation for Moore.
“I’ve that a lot respect for coach Brohm and the offensive thoughts that he’s,” Kingsbury said. “Some of the fly sweeps, various things he did in the slot, a few of the reverses, the tempo performs the place they’re handing it to him in the backfield, these are all a a part of our offense and issues that I feel he’ll decide up shortly.
“The transition for him will be pretty seamless in the system.”