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Report: Former Raiders WR coach Rob Moore expected to join Titans staff

A former All-Pro receiver appears set to become Corey Davis and company’s new mentor.

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We appear to have another piece to the Titans coaching staff puzzle in place as former Raiders receivers coach Rob Moore is reportedly set to join the Titans.

Moore has coached wide receivers at the NFL level for five years, getting his start with Doug Marrone’s staff in Buffalo in 2013. There he worked under current Jaguars offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett while tutoring Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods during their rookie seasons as well as working with speedsters Marquise Goodwin and Chris Hogan.

When Marrone left Buffalo after the 2014 season, Moore headed to Oakland to join Jack Del Rio’s staff as wide receivers coach. Over the past three seasons he has helped groom Amari Cooper and Seth Roberts while also working with established veteran Michael Crabtree.

In 2016, the Raiders saw both Cooper and Crabtree eclipse the 1,000 yard mark. For reference, the Titans haven’t had two 1,000 yard receivers in the same season since 2004 when Drew Bennett and Derek Mason were catching passes from an on fire Billy Volek in the back half of a 5-11 season. However, the Oakland passing game fell apart in 2017 as Derek Carr struggled through injury issues and his receivers struggled with drops. The Raiders combined for 28 drops, 4th most in the NFL. Cooper and Crabtree contributed 5 drops each — tied for 9th most in the league — and both finished with under 700 yards receiving.

Moore himself was an outstanding NFL receiver in the 90’s and early 2000’s, racking up 9,368 yards and 49 touchdowns over 11 seasons for the Jets, Cardinals, and Broncos. His best year came in 1997 when he led the NFL with 1,584 receiving yards and was named First Team All Pro at wide receiver.

He will inherit a young, talented group of receivers led by 2017 1st round pick Corey Davis and veteran Rishard Matthews. The Titans receivers often appeared poorly coached last year under Frisman Jackson with several poor routes leading directly to Marcus Mariota interceptions. It will be on Moore to make sure that changes moving forward.