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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 NFL.com 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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Comments

Since: Jul 22, 2009
Posted on: July 14, 2011 6:21 pm
 

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

This is just the type of hype that Dan Snyder will buy into. The Skins need a good receiver, (assuming the other Moss is gone) but I hope Santana is not replaced with this trouble making, "I'll play hard as long as we're winning", guy. Problem is, Snyder is too intent on getting guys just like this. Always has, and he always will. Oh, Jack Kent Cooke... why did you leave us? HTTR



Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: July 14, 2011 6:03 pm
 

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

Good Agent-
Moss is in “freakish” shape and is ready for the lockout to conclude so he can sign with his next employer.Bad Agent-
My client is still a trouble-making prima donna,  is not in real good shape and would be happy to sign with anyone.



Since: Jan 20, 2009
Posted on: July 14, 2011 5:27 pm
 

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

Moss' agent has turned into a promoter, trying to sell a fight!  I think teams will need to see it to believe it.

Moss' problem isn't his age, it's his attitude.  He's always had a bad attitude that affected his play.  Belicheck didn't get rid of him because his physical abilities weren't there anymore, he got rid of him because Moss made Brady cry too many times in the locker room.  Childress got rid of him because he didn't kiss his @$$ like he wanted him to.  So then he was stuck on a run first team with no QB.  If he is in tip top shape, then some team who actually has a QB that can get him the ball, will benefit greatly from Moss.  Even at 34, he's still faster and has better hands than 80% of WR's in the league!



Since: Jul 27, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2011 5:15 pm
 

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

Wow, this story is ridiculous. Big shocker, his agent is saying he is in great shape. Moss is looking for a new deal, do you expect his agent to tell people that his client has been lazy and took the offseason off?

Some team will come calling simply because he's Randy flipping Moss, but his days of being an elite, game changing receiver are over.



Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2011 5:03 pm
 

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

he will be back. And as long as he has a qb that can throw it and a offensive minded coach that is willing to let him play. Still top 5 wide out in the league. And hall of famer.



Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: July 14, 2011 4:06 pm
 

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

I would take him back to the Pats in a heartbeat, he would be the deep threat that would complete the offense.
It would give him lots of opportunities to catch more balls as the opposing teams would have so many other facets of the pats offense they would need to focus on thus giving him more 1 on 1 matchups.
plus if teams think that Moss is limited in his skillset maybe they don't play as tight a coverage on him and that would give him more opportunities as well.
He's shown that he can work under coach Belichick, Tom Brady loved having him and if the price were right I would take him back.
He wants a ring before he retires and the Patriots would give him a great chance to win that ring, it makes sense but does it make sense dollars wise and do the pats want him back those are the big questions to be answered.



Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2011 3:41 pm
 

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

Imagine that, a sports agent thiinks his client is in great shape, has the mental attitude to help a team, and thinks he can be a force in the NFL this year.  Randy (I'll give 100% if and when I feel like it) Moss, nearing the end of a possible HOF career wnats to latch on to another team and get another payday.  Prediction, he signs on, impressed the hell out of the new team, plays great the first 7 or 8 games, looses interest (especially if the team can't or won't make the playoffs) and either gets benched the rest of the year or mysteriousely gets hurt and gets benched.  NE, Minn, and TN couldn't do anything with him last year, so good luck to who ever signs him, better make it one of the most production incentive ladden contracts in the history of the NFL.



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: July 14, 2011 3:38 pm
 

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

The only thing keeping Randy Moss from joining a team is what price he's asking! If it's $1M/yr and incentives, it's as good as a done deal. If it's $10M/yr... he'll be waiting a while... Guys with talent / potential will always get a look as long as their asking price is reasonable. That's why Lawrence Billups got a shot (and 2nd and 3rd...) despite questionable character and there are countless other guys who have been given 2nd/3rd/4th chances to make it. Just depends how badly he wants to play...



Since: May 19, 2011
Posted on: July 14, 2011 3:32 pm
 

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

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

I heard the same thing in 07? Moss was washed up, then look 23 TD's and a 16-0 season.

And no Super Bowl ring


Along with every other player in the AFC and most of the NFC.



Since: Jul 21, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2011 3:26 pm
 

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

I heard the same thing in 07? Moss was washed up, then look 23 TD's and a 16-0 season.

And no Super Bowl ring.


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