Vic Tafur, SF Gate, 10/10/13
It's a small sample size, but the Raiders will take it.
In his past three games, Denarius Moore has 15 catches for 274 yards and two touchdowns - the best three-week stretch of his young career - and looks like the No. 1 receiver head coach Dennis Allen and offensive coordinator Greg Olson were imploring him to become during training camp.
Moore, in his third year, has always flashed big-play ability but has also disappeared in the past. He's also had problems with drops, especially at camp this year.
Moore doesn't have any drops in the past three games.
"He's been more consistent," Allen said. "And that's been the thing that we've continued to talk to him about, and there's still a lot for him to continue to get better at.
"The big thing is having the confidence to play, and when the opportunities come your way to make sure you make the most of that opportunity. He's done a better job of that in the last three weeks, and hopefully he'll continue to grow."
Moore is also growing more comfortable with quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who now has five starts under his belt.
On a 2-yard touchdown pass Sunday, Pryor rolled out to the sideline and actually nodded his head for Moore to come back inside from the sideline.
"It was just the eye contact I guess," Moore said. "Last time I did that, I was playing in the backyard with some friends."
Moore has 20 catches for 317 yards and three touchdowns for the season, and is on pace to become the Raiders' first 1,000-yard receiver since Randy Moss in 2005.
"I'm feeling confidence from within myself and from the team," Moore said. "Terrelle and I are really starting to click. It started in practice, and now we're transferring it to the games."