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People Still Don’t Grasp How Perfect D.J. Moore Is For Justin Fields

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When Ryan Poles explained his decision to involve D.J. Moore in the blockbuster trade for the #1 overall pick, he said he wanted another “separator.” It was a casual comment that held far more meaning than many Chicago Bears fans truly grasped. The GM said he needed another receiver who knew how to get open. It was a big problem last season. Only Darnell Mooney seemed capable of consistently creating space, giving Justin Fields an adequate window to throw into. Dante Pettis? Equanimeous St. Brown? Velus Jones? All of them had their moments, but not nearly enough.

That will change with Moore. Here are some numbers if you need an idea of how good he is at creating space. Moore averaged 2.8 yards of separation last season with Carolina. Here are some of the best names in the NFL and their numbers in the same category.

  • Justin Jefferson – 3.1
  • CeeDee Lamb – 3.1
  • Davante Adams – 2.9
  • Stefon Diggs – 2.8
  • A.J. Brown – 2.6
  • Ja’Marr Chase – 2.5
  • Terry McLaurin – 2.6
  • Amari Cooper – 2.5
  • Tee Higgins – 2.5

This is where the ideal connection with Fields comes into play. The Bears quarterback was at his absolute best during his two years at Ohio State. His go-to receiver during that time was Chris Olave. The 1st round pick of the New Orleans Saints averaged 2.7 yards of separation last year. Basically, Chicago just gave Fields another Olave.

D.J. Moore wasn’t the only addition that deserves praise.

Cole Kmet created the most separation of any tight end in the league last year at 4.4 yards. Only one player managed to match him with that same number. It was Green Bay Packers tight end Robert Tonyan, whom the Bears had just signed as a free agent. Throw in the fact that Mooney was averaging a whopping 3.6 yards of separation before he got hurt, and the picture is coming into focus. The Bears now have four players on the offensive roster capable of creating space in the passing game.

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While the group might not be star-studded compared to other units, Poles has pieced together a corps that fits his quarterback to perfection. Fields is at his best when he has clear throwing windows down the field. D.J. Moore will enhance that beyond anything the Bears have had in years. If the offensive line does its job, this could be the breakout year fans have waited for.

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GhostTomahawk 34
GhostTomahawk 34
Jun 1, 2023 11:42 am

Any QB is a fit for Moore. He’s a high end WR. He made the garbage situation in Carolina look stable. So if Fields can’t connect with him he needs to find other employment.

Gator Joe
Jun 1, 2023 7:01 am

Like those old clips. Hope to see Moore of that this year.

Gremlin’s Chili Hole
Gremlin’s Chili Hole
May 31, 2023 11:01 am

I said more with my egg nonsense than Tommy Gena did with all his self important diarrhea post. Why in Earth don’t you put this incalculable genius research and planning into the articles you write on your site? That’s right, eggchild, be like the google asshats ( you already are) and provide a link. Since it’s obvious there isn’t one, I guess you’ll just continue to huff your own shit then sell it to yourself because you convinced Tommy G that Tommy G’s shit is glorious and smells of roses surrounded by a lavender bush near a mass of fresh… Read more »

Thomas Gena
Thomas Gena
May 31, 2023 8:10 am

First, it was Parker Hurley (on Justin Fields, 5/8/23). Then, Gene Chamberlain (on Lucas Patrick, 5/29/23 ). And now, it’s Erik Lambert (on “separation,” 5/31/23). By the way Erik, you failed to mention that Chase Claypool’s average separation was reported as 2.8 yards (per NextGenStats). Let’s not forget to credit our sources.

The Chicago sports media is finally paying attention — and learning something about football — some of it, from their readers.

You’re welcome — and keep up the “good work!”

Last edited 1 year ago by TGena
Gremlin’s Chili Hole
Gremlin’s Chili Hole
May 31, 2023 7:14 am

I once had the perfect egg in my grasp.

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