CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 03: Quarterback Matt Moore #3 of the Carolina Panthers calls the play during the game against the New Orleans Saints at Bank of America Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
After going undrafted out of Oregon State in 2007, Moore was picked up by Dallas. Competing for the third quarterback spot behind Tony Romo and Brad "Ol' Sweatpants" Johnson, Moore impressed many in camp and through the preseason. The numbers, to be cliche about things, speak for themselves: 21 for 29 for 182 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions.
When Dallas opted against carrying a third quarterback on the 53-man roster, though, Moore was placed on waivers in hopes that he'd clear, and find a place on the Dallas practice squad. Unfortunately for Dallas, they weren't the only ones impressed by the then-23-year-old, and he was signed by Carolina the next day.
Which brings us to 2010.
Two weeks ago, Moore received the first- and third-round tender from the Panthers--the highest available tender offer. Last week, embattled long-time starter Jake Delhomme was released, all but locking Moore in as Carolina's starting quarterback for the 2010 season.
"From what they are telling me, yeah, I do feel like it's my team now," Moore told CarolinaGrowl.com, via ProFootballTalk.com. "I feel good right now regardless of whom they bring in.
"That's not to say there won't be competition. There's always competition. But I feel good and feel solid and being given this opportunity I'm going to try to make the best of it. But am I threatened? Not really."
Moore said that he was "shocked" by Delhomme's release. But his comments are suggestive of a man poised to cash in on his first real starting opportunity since entering the league three years ago, and there's evidence to suggest that he'll do just that: playing in seven games in 2009, Moore went 85 for 138, for 1,053 yards, eight touchdowns and two interceptions. His quarterback rating was an impressive 98.5.
Barring the unforeseen, Moore will be starting under center for Carolina in 2010, and there will likely be more than a few Cowboys fans watching, for good or ill.