We had Moore at around the same spot in our countdown a year ago, and now here he is, popping in just a few rungs down the list.
With seven touchdowns in each of the last two seasons, everyone who has watched the Falcons knows there is something to fear in the eye-popping speed that the 5'9" 170 lb. Moore exhibits.
Moore playing in the slot caused all sorts of matchup problems as the elusive receiver wreaked havoc after the catch in more than a few instances in 2013 and 2014.
In consecutive games against Umass and Buffalo last season, Moore hauled in nine passes each. Against the Minutemen he found the endzone twice (once via a 22-yard run) in game where every one of his yards was needed in a 47-42 Falcon win. Facing the Bulls, Moore posted a career-high 178 yards receiving with a score. On the season as a whole, Moore demonstrated his abilities to the tune of 1,243 all-purpose yards. That was good for first on the team. When all is said and done, Coach Babers and his staff want Ronnie Moore to have his hands on the ball moore.
Obviously Moore's talent on special teams needs to be highlighted as well. Moore made 20 kick returns in 2014 for 424 yards while splitting return duties with Clint Stephens, and made nine tackles flying down the field mostly in the punt coverage unit.
A question for fans this year might just be does Moore see his touches increase? He's capable of breaking off huge plays at any given time, but the Falcons might be better off not overusing him, especially considering the talent that surrounds him at all times. Substituting him frequently to keep him fresh as a target for QB Matt Johnson, to use him in the run game, or even as a special teams stud, could pay big dividends for the MAC East favorites.
Alright, I'll stop paining you all with Moore puns.