Chicago Bears Observation No. 4: D.J. Moore's ability after the catch
Ryan Poles insisted on having D.J. Moore included in his blockbuster deal with the Carolina Panthers because the Bears haven't had a true number-one receiver since Brandon Marshall. Moore has been even better than advertised, but the most impressive aspect of his game has been his ability after the catch.
Moore ranks second in the NFL in yards after the catch, trailing only Tyreek Hill of the Dolphins' Greatest Show on Surf. He's third in yards per catch, and the two players he trails average only two grabs per game.
Moore's athleticism was on full display against the Commanders. He got behind the Washington secondary in the first minute of the game for a 58-yard gain after a filthy double move. He later took a simple six-yard hitch 38 yards after spinning away from contact, then tightrope-walking down the sideline. He was controversially ruled out of bounds near the end of the third quarter after his defender gambled on a perfect throw from Justin Fields and Moore raced down the right side.
Oh yeah, he also had three touchdowns and finished the day with 230 of Justin Fields' 282 yards passing. Moore is on pace for over 90 catches and over 1,800 yards, which would shatter Brandon Marshall's team record of 1,508 yards that he set in 2012.