Moore enjoyed chance to be on the outside again

Moore enjoyed chance to be on the outside again

Houston Texans wide receiver Chris Moore got to move to the outside receiver position Week 14 in Dallas and felt right at home.

Moore had always been an outside receiver in high school and college. Moving inside to the slot position is something that was asked of him by the Texans, and he did it without hesitation. He did, however, enjoy the chance to move back outside.

“I don’t know if it helped my game more. It was my role for the week. My whole life as playing receiver, I always played outside. I’ve never played in the slot really. That’s really what’s new for me. So to go back out there where I was, I wouldn’t say more comfortable; it was something I had always done, it was nice. You put me anywhere out on the field; I’m going to try and make plays. It doesn’t really matter where I’m at.”

While he tried to downplay the move somewhat, it was still evident that he appreciated being in the more familiar spot. Moore was asked to be the lead dog against Dallas, and he stepped up to the task with his biggest game of the season. Moore led all receivers with 10 catches for 124 yards. He made a terrific one-handed grab that set the Texans up in scoring position, made tough catches in traffic, split defenders, gained extra yards with second and third efforts, and led by example on the field. Moore said he had never had 10 receptions in a game before.

“I don’t think I’ve had that many catches in a football game ever, so that was awesome to be that much involved. As far as yards, last year during the Patriots game, I was involved in that. It was nice to be a part of the game plan and make some plays.

“I think anytime I’ve played football. Even in college, I would only have like three or four catches. It would be for a lot of yards because I’d be taking bombs down the field. For the most part, I don’t think I’ve ever had more than 10 catches in a game that I can remember.”

The Texans wide receiver expressed that he knew exactly what his role would be with fellow wide receivers Brandin Cooks and Nico Collins out, as it happened earlier in the season when the Texans played Philadelphia.

“It was the same way; I’m pretty sure it was the Eagles week, where those two were down, and me and Phil (Phillip Dorsett) knew were going to have to step up and be a big part of this offense. We became the top two receivers. You just prepare like any other week. You just got to get ready to go out there and make plays to help this team win.”

Moore also believes that the Texans’ offense succeeded because they executed and that while the two-quarterback system was fun, he didn’t think it would matter which quarterback played as long as they executed.

“I think it was just executing our plays and taking advantage of the opportunities we were given, to be honest. I don’t think there was anything too much different than that. It’s just another game where we executed better than we have been in the past. Like I said, we took advantage of the opportunities that were given to us. In the past, we haven’t been doing that as much. I feel like that’s just the biggest difference.

“I think it’s just us on the field executing. I think if Davis (Mills) or Jeff (Driskel) were out there (the entire time), we would have still executed the same way.”

Clearly, the two-quarterback system worked for the Texans Sunday in Dallas, and it would be a surprise if they do not deploy some version of it in Week 15 against Kansas City.

Moore should be getting plenty more opportunities outside as well.

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