Cardinals’ Rondale Moore struggles in primetime debut against Packers

Oct 29, 2021, 11:45 AM
Rondale Moore #4 of the Arizona Cardinals fumbles a punt during the first half against the Green Ba...
Rondale Moore #4 of the Arizona Cardinals fumbles a punt during the first half against the Green Bay Packers at State Farm Stadium on October 28, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
(Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Arizona Cardinals rookie wide receiver Rondale Moore has impressed during his first seven games in the league, but seemed to have his “Welcome to the NFL” moment in Thursday night’s 24-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Playing in primetime, Thursday night could’ve been the opportunity for Moore to show the league the kind of dynamic playmaker he is. Instead, a moment of indecision proved costly, when Moore muffed a punt in the second quarter, giving Green Bay possession at the Arizona two-yard line.

“He’s hard on himself, he’s a perfectionist, wants to be great,” Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury said of Moore after the game. “Still a young player learning, made a bunch of plays as well.”

Another mistake came off the hands of Moore early in the third quarter. Setting up the rookie for a screen inside their own 10-yard line, quarterback Kyler Murray’s pass hit off Moore’s fingertips and landed in the hands of Packers safety Henry Black.

Another rookie moment for the former standout at Purdue, Moore took a kickoff five yards deep from his own end zone and was only able to get to the 15-yard line, squandering the Cardinals of an extra 10 yards had he taken a touchback.

Moore finished the game with three catches for 24 yards and also had two carries in the game, but just one yard on the ground to show for it.

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