CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 13: D.J. Moore #30 of the Chicago Bears waves to the crowd after being ejected from a game against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field on November 13, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Lions 37-13. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
DJ Moore was drafted in the fourth round of the 2009 draft, learned the nickelback spot in his rookie season as he played only three games recording no tackles, and played very solidly at the nickel in both the 2010 and 2011 campaigns. Apart from his three game ankle injury in 2011 and his ejection for his retaliatory assault on Matthew Stafford, Moore hasn't missed a game in the last two seasons, and has recorded eight interceptions returning two for touchdowns as well as sixteen pass deflections, a forced fumble and a sack, while allowing a quarterback rating of 60.9 on passes thrown into his coverage.
So how can he improve heading into 2012?
Well, provided of course he doesn't get an injury or another ejection (also known as if he plays all 16 games), his numbers the last two seasons are consistent enough to indicate an improvement, especially if he'd not missed three games. One of his interceptions was returned for a touchdown mid-game, while the other three were at the end of games to kill final quarter scoring attempts.
So despite the overall lackluster Pro Football Focus rating, driven largely by his penalties in the Detroit game, a negative run defense rating and a sub-par second half of the year, if he can get a full season of play like his first seven games, he'll have a really good season.
What's your outlook for DJ Moore heading into 2012?