Say it ain’t so. I thought we were done with these drama queens. With both wide receiver out of the league for an entire year, my hopes were high, but Randy Moss and Terrell Owens are trying to get back onto an NFL roster. As annoyed as I am that we have to put up with these two for at least one more offseason, the important question remains: Are either of them worth taking a look at? Can Moss 0r T.O make an impact in 2012?
The only type of team that should take a chance on either guy is a team who thinks they are close to winning a Super Bowl, but are not an established contender. I could see a team like the New York Jets or the Dallas Cowboys taking a run at one of these two wide receivers. Which one, depends on what the team is looking for and more importantly what they are willing to put up with.
If a team is going to take a run at Randy Moss the ceiling is much higher than it is for Terrell Owens. While Moss doesn’t have the speed he used to have, he does still will have enought of what it takes to stretch defenses. Even in his forgettable final games in New England and his second stint with Minnesota, he still made a few plays that made you think Moss can still cut it.
Moss is kind of like the flame throwing closer in baseball. He is either going to strike out the side or walk the bases loaded. From game to game, Moss is either going to be a game changer or an afterthought.
The key with Moss will he be motivated to play? As far as we know he is healthy, but will he be able to accept being a second or third receiver? Will he be involved when he is not the center of the game plan? I have heard a number of times that when the team is winning Moss is a great teammate. When things start going south he pouts and ‘plays when he wants to play’.
With T.O, the opposite will be true for anyone who takes a chance on Owens. Using the baseball comparison again, Owens is like the junk ball pitcher. At this point in his career he is not going to strike out many batters, but is not going to walk anyone either. More than ever, T.O is a possession receiver. One of his biggest concerns is his health. Sure he is able to light it up in some semi-pro league, but how much speed is left in those legs? Even in his prime he was not a speed receiver, without two good wheels, does he have enough speed and quickness to get separation from NFL defensive backs.
If you are the GM and are forced to take one or the other – I have personally flip-flopped about five times while writing this on whom I would take if I had to – it would depend on what your team could use. If you need a potential game breaker who will be great one week and largely a non-factor the next, Moss is your choice. If you want more consistency and less big game potential the wise choice is Owens.
Brian covers basically all high school sports, but mainly football and wrestling in Minnesota where he has lived his entire life. Fed up with his day job he decided to try writing as a hobby over ten years ago and that hobby has turned into sort of a second career. He has been involved in some way with football since he was a water boy for his high school team when he was in elementary school and has been playing fantasy football since before he could vote.