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Here's a matchup to watch in Sunday's Panthers-Browns game.
Browns TE Evan Moore vs. Panthers LCB Chris Gamble
Moore, 25, played wide receiver at Stanford, and he is essentially a wideout in the Browns' scheme. At 6-6 and 247 pounds, Moore has a major height and strength advantage on cornerbacks. He runs relatlvely well and has build-up speed.
Look for the Browns to occasionally split Moore out wide right in shotgun, four-WR sets. In this formation, he would likely be matched up with Gamble, the Panthers' top cornerback. The 6-1, 200-pound Gamble has the size needed to contend with Moore in jump-ball situations, where Moore has been effective this season. Gamble doesn't have a pick this season, but make no mistake: he has good ball skills, with 24 career interceptions.
Moore caught three passes for a career-high 87 yards in Jake Delhomme's lone full start of the season in Week One, so it won't be a surprise if Delhomme, expected to get the call in Week 12 against his old team with Colt McCoy (high ankle sprain) likely out, looks for the tight end. Interestingly enough, Moore's longest catch of the season, a 49-yarder in the season opener, came from Delhomme and came out of a formation where Moore lined up in a traditional TE stance at the end of the line, escaped the coverage, caught a short pass, bounced off a tackle attempt and sprinted down the sideline. Should the Browns use that formation, it will fall to the Panthers' linebackers and safeties to cover Moore, but he most likely will be lined up at wide receiver.