Steelers WR Derek Moye Not Concerned About Offseason Additions

It’s certainly unfair to define the career of Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Derek Moye by one dropped pass in the end zone last season against the Baltimore Ravens, but several people certainly will. Unfortunately for him, it was the last pass thrown his direction in 2013.

Many people probably forget that Moye made a spectacular leaping catch earlier in that game, but that’s the way it goes as players are usually judged by their last negative play instead of their last great one.

2014 is now a new season for the Penn State product and while Moye was on the Steelers 53 man roster for all 16 games last season, he must now win that roster spot all over again this offseason. He’ll also have to do it against different competition this year as wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was signed during the offseason and Martavis Bryant was drafted in the fourth-round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Moye is well aware of his situation.

“To be honest, it doesn’t really matter who else is on the roster,” Moye said recently, according to RJ Schaffer of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I’ve got to play well, and, if I don’t, no matter who or who isn’t on the roster, I won’t be here.”

Even though Moye was the tallest wide receiver on the Steelers offseason roster at 6-5, a lot of the pre draft talk centered around the need to draft another “tall” wide receiver. Bryant wound up being that “tall” receiver and with that comes the belief that he’s a lock to make the 53 man roster.

Despite the fact that several people probably see Moye as long shot to make the Steelers roster this year, second-year running back Le’Veon Bell is not one of them.

“Moye is getting so good,” Bell said. “Even last year, I saw him getting better and better each and every week.”

Like Heyward-Bey, Moye’s path to the 53 man roster in 2014 likely runs through the office of Steelers special teams coach Danny Smith. According to Schaffer, Moye has been working with Smith this offseason in an effort to prove that he will be able to handle the dirty work associated with playing on special teams this year.

While Moye might not have the speed that both Heyward-Bey and Bryant possess, he believes he’s fast enough and he certainly doesn’t lack in the confidence department.

“Really, I think I’m a pretty complete receiver. I’m just going to try and carry it over to the field.”

Moye will be back on the field continuing to battle for a spot next week when the Steelers second set of OTA practices get underway.

  • whisn

    It wasn’t a drop, so much as,… he couldn’t get his second hand to the ball because the defender had his arm against Moye’s arm, only releasing Moye’s arm at the last second, believe me, I watched it in slow mo.

    I don’t see much upside in Heyward-Bey, so if Moye has a good pre-season he should make the team. Give the guy a chance, we saw pretty much as much of him as we did Wheaton, so the pressure on Wheaton to step up is huge!

  • shawn

    I dont see Moye making it this year … I think Justin Brown is in the driver seat for the 5th slot … IMO … unless DHB performs well in the press season !

  • Milliken Steeler

    Agreed. I think Brown will surpass him. He has a special teams element to him also.

  • William Weaver

    Amazing how different things are this season from last. Depth is not an issue anymore except at OLB and CB. Everything else is full of competition with quality players getting cut eventually. Really nice to see. Exciting to see the team as it transforms into another young promising group. The bengals have missed their window to do something because “we’re baaaaack”.. Lol

  • blue

    Moye starts year on practice squad & gets bumped up to roster when injury

  • ApexSteel

    He’s out of practice squad eligibility.

  • ApexSteel

    AB, Wheaton, Moore, Bryant, DHB. That’s my prediction.

  • 20Stoney

    Is he definitely out of PS eligibility? I know he was on the roster, but isn’t there something about him having to dress for a certain amount of games too? Did he exceed that?

  • Jason White

    I want to see Ben throwing it to him. He had to deal with Landry Jones’ shakey quarterback play in the preseason but when he did get his chances he was impressive. I know JB isn’t really high on some people’s lists but he can play special teams, he has that good 6’3″ frame with good leaping ability. If given a chance I think he can contribute and I think he has more upside than DHB who unless he has a comeback year (not sure where he is coming back from) I think he has reached his ceiling. They obviously were impressed with Brown enough that they kept him around on the practice squad all year so we’ll see.

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  • Jason White

    My biggest question is will Dri Archer eat up a running back’s roster spot or a wide receiver’s? They normally carry 4 running backs and a fullback and 5-6 receivers, usually 5 though. It’s possible he could eat up both spaces so an additional space can be used elsewhere such as O-line or linebacker or something else.

  • Naturally, I hope that all the WRs from the bubble group represent themselves to their best ability throughout OTAs, camp, and preseason…so the team makes the right choice or choices for its 53. That said, there are things I like about each receiver that could make them all valuable in the right situation–Bey’s speed, Moye’s height and impressive catch radius, Coale’s hands and savvy, etc. J. Brown is the only one of the group who isn’t reported to stand out in a specific way…but maybe he could be solid all-around. Can anyone tell us more about what he brings to the table? What about the others?

  • ApexSteel

    Actually I don’t think he did. He had one season in 2012 on the practice squad and he was only active for 7 games this season(the limit is 9) but like I said he won’t clear waivers.

  • Dom

    Not much upside in Bey? He’s blazing fast with good height. More than anybody else in our WR group he hasn’t met his potential.

  • shawn

    Well the good thing is even if DHB beats him out .. JB should still be able to secure a practise squad spot for one more year … i think he’s eligible right … but sooner or later i could easily see him start to contribute to the team … he is a good all around possession receiver with good hands and good size

  • Jonas

    Puhh.. didn’t watch him since preseason!
    As far as I remember he impressed me more than Moye. Nice frame, solid route running. Fluid movements. Natural hand catcher. Can make people miss with his first movement after catch, but usually not in the open field. Has leaping ability, made some downhill catches in traffic (during his oklahoma highlight tapes) – but he had no opportunity to show his red zone capability last preseason..
    Back in college he returned punts. 1 TD but usually not the breakaway guy. Safe punt catcher, makes good decisions.

    I should watch it again to make fresher conclussions 😉

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I think that this is the attitude you have to have. You cannot worry about who is on the team or who was recently brought in. It comes down to how you represent yourself on the field and what you can do. If you can do that then you will receive a roster spot. Worry about what you can control and not what you cannot

  • joed32

    This is what the rule states:

    According to league policy, only certain types of players are allowed to sign to the practice squad. Players cannot have played more than nine regular season games or been on the active roster for an entire year, nor can players be allowed to spend more than two seasons on the same team’s squad unless that team’s active roster never dips below 53 players.

    Was he on the active roster for the full year, if so he is not PS eligible.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Coach Mann is a old school guy that believes in philosophies that many other WR coaches do not dwell on. I think if anyone can get this kid straight it would be him. Lets see what happens.

  • dgh57

    J. Brown has plenty of STs experience with 71 career PRs for 637 yards and a 9.0 average. His last year at Oklahoma he led the team in both the # of punts and PR yards and came in 2nd in all purpose yards. As a WR he had 73 rec. for 879 yards and 5 TDs. In a game against Okla. State he had 15 rec. for 146 yards. At least at the College level he has shown he can get the job done! Reports were positive of him last preseason. A WR like J. Brown is what this teams needs at the back end of the WR group to take the pressure of of our #1 WR in the other Brown and as a backup of Archer. We need backups at PR just as we do at other positions and this is one way of getting it. He just needs the chance to show what he can do especially as a PR as he wasn’t given much of a chance in that area last preseason. In a way Moye may be right as none of what Brown did as a PR in College seemed to matter but I’m thinking it would of mattered had Brown been given the chance.

  • Johnny Loose

    agree 100%

  • joed32

    His number 13 is a WR # but I think he would actually be a 3rd or 4th RB as far as the roster is concerned. That’s a good question.

  • whisn

    the number one desired attribute of a receiver is catching the ball, clues in the name,…. DHB is drop prone, he’s had years to show his true worth and hasn’t, i’m not holding my breath.

    I’m not sure why everyone is so down on Moye?

  • 20Stoney

    I just found this…..
    If a player has one accrued season, they can still be practice squad eligible if they were on the 45-man active gameday roster for less than nine regular season games.

  • joed32

    So how many games was he on the 45? I couldn’t seem to find it.

  • SteveM2

    Out of all the wideouts, Brown is the slowest of the bunch. Moye also has returned punts at PSU.

  • SteveM2

    He was.

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  • dgh57

    We’re talking about a #5 WR here who most likely won’t see much action outside of Special Teams! There’s other things besides speed that makes a WR like good hands, route runner, and quickness.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    I’m sure Moye is improving. I just don’t think he has a high enough ceiling for what the Steelers need in a #5. He will, I’m sure, give it everything he has. But if the Steelers need a gallon of talent, and Moye tops off at 12 ounces? Tough luck, but that’ll be all she wrote.


    I ditto your ditto.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Supposedly, JB is a good blocker. However he did not get open much in the pre season. I was giving him the nod last year. However if Moye put on some muscle and works on his ST, then I would give him the nod. He would be dangerous in the red zone and can come up with circus catches as witnessed last year. Too bad they never got back to him much, except for a few passes.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    It’s also a numbers game. Will they use 4 TE’s this year, like they did at the beginning of last year? Probably not. So how many RB’s? Then they may want to carry 9 O linemen. But perhaps 5 WR’s. If the 5th spot is between DHB and Moye and they seldom see the field, who do you go with? If it’s a close call, I would definitely go with Moye. JB can at least go to the practice squad. If 1 or 2 WR’s don’t work out, you still have JB for the following year.

  • Scot Hickerson

    I think both Justin Brown and Derek Moye are both better than people give them Credit for Being. I think Moye will give Bryant some competition and Justin Brown has some potential to be an Anquan Boldin type possession receiver. I think DHB could be the odd man out if his hands aren’t vastly improved.. I could see them going 6wr/s with Out DHB. I could also see them using Blount as a fullback in Situations and cutting Will Johnson loose to free up and extra roster position. Dri Archer may end up being used more at slot receiver and if he does good enough he could make Lance Moore expendable. There are some fun match ups and possibilities there.

  • Dom

    But that’s the exact statement you just made, You said not much upside in Bey. There is a ton of upside in him he just hasn’t caught the damn ball. I’m not saying he will show his upside but if both players played to their potential then Heyward-Bey would no doubt be a better player.

  • 20Stoney

    Apex said 7. I didn’t look for it.


    imo talent wise Bryant is better than either Brown or Moye and potentially the #2 WR at some point.

    Moye spending time working out with Ben in Cali I think will get him opportunities (targets) when camp starts…In years past PIT has gone with 4 to 5 WRs…6 might be a stretch.

  • Scott

    DHB has been in the NFL for 5 years and has 1 decent year to show for it (2011). Since then he has trended downwards. Last year was extremely unappealing b/c he had Andrew Luck throwing him the ball and was given a chance to play A LOT and let the likes of Griff Whalen and Da’Rick Rogers jump him on the depth chart.

    DHB once had great upside, but at this point in the 3 players’ careers, I’d take Moye or Brown.

  • IckyD

    Agreed – Ask Mike Wallace about Antonio Brown…

  • IckyD

    At this point Derrick Moye is a veteran NFLer and the rookies are…untested.

    Time may- or may not- change that.

  • AB, Wheaton, Moore, Bryant, Holmes, Coale