Pending Riders free agent Kyran Moore reminds Glen Suitor of Pinball Clemons

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TSN analyst Glen Suitor sees immense upside in pending Saskatchewan Roughriders’ free agent playmaker Kyran Moore.

Moore had a breakout campaign in 2019 with the Riders and displayed tantalizing future potential.

“He kinda reminds me a little bit of a more of a receiver side of Pinball Clemons,” Suitor told The SportsCage with Derek Taylor on 620 CKRM radio in Regina.

“He can do so much for you. He can return kicks, you could put him in the backfield and hand him the ball or run outside plays for him with quick pitches and things like that on those fly sweeps, a lot of hitch screens. He’s that type of player — get him into space.”

The 24-year-old recorded 78 receptions for 996 yards and six touchdowns in his first full CFL season. That followed his rookie season in 2018 when Moore played 10 games notching 32 catches for 475 yards and one touchdown plus 29 punt returns for 389 yards and two majors.

“Kyran Moore is so versatile, you can play him at wide out, you can definitely use him in motion from the slot spot, and he certainly could work in tandem with Shaq Evans into the boundary, and that’s your hot side,” Suitor said.

Moore was a key playmaker for quarterback Cody Fajardo as the Riders claimed first place in the West Division with a 13-5 record. He had game-highs of nine receptions for 119 yards in the West Final loss to the eventual Grey Cup champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers last season.

“He’s versatile enough to play any one of the slot positions, so you put him into the boundary with Shaq Evans or motion him into the boundary with Shaq Evans,” Suitor said.

“It’s not quite as urgent to get that second guy if Kyran Moore signs.”