DJ Moore had another impressive season in 2020 and is looking to take things to the ‘next level’ this season. And ahead of the much-awaited 2021 season, DJ Moore shared the advice he got from Panthers legend Steve Smith.
The Panthers drafted DJ Moore with their first-round pick in 2018, and he has definitely lived up to the expectation. Moore has had 2 back to back 1000 yard seasons and had a career year with 1,193 yards in 2020. Only 2 players, Muhsin Muhammad and Steve Smith have had seasons with more yards in a season in Panthers history.
What a find DJ Moore was by the Panthers. Feels like his breakout 2020 season was overlooked. He sat 3rd in the NFL with 1174 receiving yards prior to a Week 16 concussion. Finished with 1,214 yards on 92 touches during his age-22 campaign. Budding star.
— Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) January 8, 2020
DJ Moore shared the advice he received from Steve Smith.
Steve Smith is a Panthers legend. Smith had three seasons with 1,394 receiving yards or more over the course of his career, including the franchise record of 1,563 yards in 2005. And he is also the all-time leader in total touchdowns (67), receptions (836), and receiving yards (12,197) in Panthers history.
Steve Smith is #Panthers all-time leader in:
– REC (836)
EC YDS (12,197)
– REC TD (67)
eason REC YDS (1,563 in ‘05)
– Total TD (75)
– All-Purpose YDS (16,607)
– GP (46) with 100+ REC YDS
— Pro Sports Outlook (@PSO_Sports) May 13, 2021
Moore spoke about how he’s remained “even-keeled” throughout his career and has never been someone to get “overly excited about something.” But Moore said that one thing he’s learned from Smith is that he has to be able to walk into practice with a fierce
“Just to be hard-working,” Moore said, via the team’s website. “He’s always talked about going into practice like it was a game. Always be professional, and always have a dog mentality when you get out there. Whether you have a big personality like him or a laid-back vibe like I’ve got, you’ve still got to have that dog when you step out there.”
The Panthers exercised Moore’s fifth-year option so he won’t be going anywhere else anytime soon. After a successful season with OC Joe Brady and a new QB in Sam Darnold, the Panthers will hope to return to contention in a competitive NFC South.