3 reasons why Cardinals rookie Rondale Moore will make the Pro Bowl

(Photo by Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic) Rondale Moore
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Talented teammates

Defenses will already key on Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. That’s a given. And as they continued to key on him in 2020 because of a lack of production in the pass-catching unit, his numbers stagnated along with the rest of Arizona’s offensive play-makers as the season dragged on. In fact, Larry Fitzgerald (54 catches) was the team’s second-leading receiver in terms of receptions.

This year, teams must also account for A.J. Green when they face the Cardinals. No, Green is not the player he once was. Injuries in 2018 and 2019 derailed him, and his return in 2020 did not go as planned, having logged just 47 receptions. However, Green’s a proven player in the NFL and he has a height and size advantage to win contested catches, especially if Arizona can stretch the field with him.

That leaves Moore, whose route-running skills, especially across the middle, will give him plenty of opportunities to rack up receptions and yards after the catch. Moore proved his surehandedness in college, and his ability to snag in passes from anywhere on the field.

Often, rookie receivers struggle during their transition to the NFL. But with one of the league’s best receivers lining up on one side with a big target like Green lining up on the other, Moore will find himself open often.