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Even if Randy Moss is in shape, will it matter?

Posted on: July 14, 2011 12:32 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2011 12:35 pm
MossPosted by Josh Katzowitz

WR Randy Moss, who was tossed around the NFL last year like he was some kind of moody player with noticeably thinning talent (imagine that!), wants to become a force once again in pro football.

Basically, he wants to become the “old Randy Moss” when he was a moody, ultra-talented receiver that actually made an impact in the games he played. And coincidentally, that’s exactly what he’s become, at least according to his agent.

Not only that, Joel Segal told that Moss is in “freakish” shape and is ready for the lockout to conclude so he can sign with his next employer.

"Randy has been working out, two-a-days, all spring and summer in West Virginia," Segal said. "He is determined, motivated and, quite frankly, has a huge chip on his shoulder. Whatever team ends up getting Randy, they're going to know they're getting the old Randy Moss. He's not just coming in to be on the team, he's going to be Randy Moss -- a difference maker."

Moss, though, has a few problems. He’s 34 years old, and his skills, simply put, have declined (perhaps “sharply” declined). Patriots coach Bill Belichick had no problem getting rid of him last year, and after butting heads with former Vikings coach Brad Childress, Moss found himself a non-entity with the Titans.

With the three teams last year, he combined for 28 catches. Yet, he managed to catch five touchdown passes, which lends credence to the opinion that Moss retains some of his deep-ball and jump skills. But other than that skill set, Moss has become a much more limited player.

Which might mean that no matter how freakishly in shape Moss is right now, it won’t really matter to those who sign free agents. His age certainly won’t change and I can’t imagine that his attitude will either. And unless Moss has the older-age skills of Terrell Owens (also, ahem, a free agent), his career as a viable NFL player is in jeopardy.

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Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: July 16, 2011 12:14 am

Even if Randy Moss is in shape, will it matter?

I hope he can latch on somewhere. He isn't going to get the money he or his agent want, but unemployment is worse.

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: July 15, 2011 9:45 pm

Even if Randy Moss is in shape, will it matter?

Here it is. The current Randy Moss wants "old Randy Moss" money. That's it. Nothing else. And his agent wants his peice of that old money. There is no news or nothing new to report here. Zebras don't change their stripes when they have one foot in the grave. Old dogs don't suddenly want to learn new tricks. The entire Moss thing is played. Over. An absolute coward of a player his entire career, isn't going to want to play any harder this season, or isn't about to stretch his famous alligator arms across the middle. Dream on. Actually, Randy doesn't have alligator arms. More like T-Rex arms. Moss couldn't even make the Titans starting lineup. He is sooooo done. No NFL team should give this con artist a single dime. He isn't worth it. Send him into retirement. C ya. Bye bye Randy. Keep it real.

Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: July 15, 2011 2:39 pm

Even if Randy Moss is in shape, will it matter?

If Moss truly has a chip on his shoulder & wants to dominate the league again, then I believe he can still be one of the best receivers in the league. He's def lost some speed but he's still one of the fastest guys out there. How good Moss does this next season depends on how motivated he truly his. His skills are still there, he just has to want to do it. Give him the right situation & he'll put up ridiculous numbers once again!!

Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: July 15, 2011 10:26 am

Even if Randy Moss is in shape, will it matter?

Most teams have figured out how to stop Randy Moss by now. Tie him up at the line of scrimmage and he disappears for long stretches of the game. Good luck Randy! The only thing "freakish" is you when you do your bi-polar after game interview rants.

Since: Dec 5, 2010
Posted on: July 14, 2011 11:02 pm

Even if Randy Moss is in shape, will it matter?

Does that mean he can go hard on 2 consecutive plays?

Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: July 14, 2011 10:43 pm

Even if Randy Moss is in shape, will it matter?

Sorry Joe, but I've got to disagree about putting Moss in PURPLE. As the saying goes, Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me! Granted it was painful to watch Favre last season, but it's not like Belichick or the Titans could get any production out of him either. We'll always have 1998-2003 to remember him burning the Packers and Cowboys!

Since: Jun 17, 2007
Posted on: July 14, 2011 10:14 pm

Even if Randy Moss is in shape, will it matter?

Most people know that Jerry Rice holds the record for most career receiving touchdowns (197) in the NFL. Terrell Owens and Randy Moss are tied for second with 153 receiving TDs.  In my eyes Jerry Rice is the best receiver of all time although he did have the rare fortune of playing back-to-back with two Hall of Fame quarterbacks at San Francisco and 2-time All-Pro quarterback Rich Gannon with the Raiders.

At age 34 Jerry Rice caught 101 passes from Steve Young for 1254 yards and 8 touchdowns. At age 34 Terrell Owens caught 81 passes from Tony Romo for 1355 yards and 15 touchdowns. In the right situation, at age 34 Randy Moss has the talent to put up similar numbers and don't think for a minute that he is not competitive with T.O. for second place on this list.

Yeah, Randy did not have a great year last season but I don't think you can pin that all on him. I have been a Vikings fan since their inception in 1961 and as such I am grateful to Randy for his part in getting Darrell Bevell run out of town.  

Not knowing how free agency will play out this season I am not opposed to Randy being re-signed by the Vikings although I think it is unlikely. If Minnesota does not sign a veteran quarterback they will be starting either Joe Webb or Christian Ponder at quarterback. I would feel better about this if they had one of the greatest receivers of all time as an option. The Vikings have a talented group of young offensive weapons in Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin, Visanthe Shiancoe, and (hopefully) Sidney Rice that would all benefit from the presence of Moss.

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