The Kansas City Chiefs offense has begun the 2022 campaign in a rather impressive fashion given the changes they experienced as a group throughout the offseason. The Chiefs currently rank seventh in total yards gained per contest (374.0), sixth in passing yards per game (281.0), and fourth in points scored per outing (29.3). If there’s an area with room for improvement, it’s getting rookie wide receiver Skyy Moore more involved.
The No. 54 overall selection in the 2022 NFL Draft, Moore was expected to help spearhead a new-look pass-catching corps that lost Tyreek Hill. That expectation hasn’t necessarily come to fruition. Moore has recorded just one reception for 30 yards through three games. It represents his lone target of the year. Moore has played just 23 offensive snaps. It’s obviously an incredibly small sample size, but Moore turning his one target into an explosive 30-yard passing play indicates the Chiefs would be wise to feature him with more consistency. There are a number of ways head coach Andy Reid and offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy can achieve that.
There’s a reason Chiefs general manager Brett Veach (with Reid’s input, surely) identified Moore as the ideal second-round target. Their marriage is a scheme match made in heaven. Moore’s ability to create for himself after the catch was one of his selling points as a prospect at Western Michigan. The quick passing game with built-in options remains a staple of Kansas City’s offense. The Chiefs used RPO components on 78 passing plays last season, which was third-most among all NFL offenses (data provided by SIS).
Having Moore run slant routes off RPO action is an excellent way to allow him to do damage both pre-and-post catch. In fact, it’s a personal favorite of Moore’s.
“If I had to pick a favorite route, I would probably go with a slant route,” Moore told The Draft Network in March. “I like anything that’s an in-breaking route. It gives me an opportunity to create for myself after the catch,” Moore concluded.
That’s one way the Chiefs can place Moore in position to win. Moore is a sure-handed target over the intermediate areas of the field. Utilizing Moore in this manner would overwhelm opposing defenses who were already hesitant to let Travis Kelce beat them in the same area. Moore’s alignment versatility provides Bieniemy and the Chiefs with an abundance of options. It can overload defenses who are preoccupied with Kelce’s greatness, too.
Moore also lined up in the backfield throughout training camp on occasion. This represents an intriguing area the Chiefs should consider tapping into. Lining up Moore all over their formation makes him a difficult assignment, particularly when he earns a favorable matchup from the backfield. Asking safeties or linebackers to cover Moore gives Kansas City the advantage every time. Designing more touches for Moore will lead to more explosive plays.
It’s worth acknowledging Moore also has to control his end of the bargain. Moore muffed a crucial punt in the first quarter of Kansas City’s Week 3 upset loss to Indianapolis. The Colts pounced on the opportunity by scoring a touchdown on their ensuing possession. Moore isn’t going to earn more playing time by making special teams errors.
Kansas City’s offense has been effective and efficient. The Chiefs appear to be amongst Super Bowl favorites for the fourth consecutive campaign. Reid’s offense is passing the life-after-Hill test with flying colors. Building upon that success can be attained by featuring Moore with the expected volume.
- Dec 08, 2022
- Dec 08, 2022