On Monday, the Kansas City Chiefs placed one of their struggling receivers on Injured Reserve; the move likely opens the door for another receiver to join the 53-man roster.
With limited snaps on Sunday against the New England Patriots, the Wide Receiver had one target, and he fumbled that chance. Luckily, the play was overturned by a Patriots penalty, but after the game, Head Coach Andy Reid indicated Moore had a swollen knee.
Monday, he was placed on injured reserve, and for all practical purposes, he’s done for the year. Moore has struggled in his sophomore season in the NFL. Drops, poor route running, and lack of separation at the line of scrimmage have set him back.
For most of last season, he struggled, and the fact that it has now been back-to-back years he’s not been able to gain productive playing time leads some to believe that the Chiefs shut him down for the year to regroup for next year.
Perhaps he can get healthy and contribute in 2024 in a revamped receiver room. Further, it eliminates another distraction for the offense and allows the Chiefs to activate Justyn Ross with Moore shut down.
Ross was the preseason receiver favorite from the coaching staff, but his six-game suspension that ended last Monday put the clamps on his development. Now Reid has a roster spot for him, and it’ll be up to Reid, Offensive Coordinator Matt Nagy, and Quarterback Patrick Mahomes to get him up to speed for playoff football.
After the Raiders game on Monday, Mecole Hardman will be eligible to return from Injured Reserve. That means another roster spot will be needed should Reid want to activate him before their next game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Either way, with three games left before the playoffs, Reid will have two more options in the passing game that he can incorporate in certain situations.
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