Tag:Randy Moss
Posted on: October 10, 2010 4:55 pm
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Revis says he's playing on Monday night

Posted by Will Brinson

Darrelle Revis will get to play Randy Moss for the second time this year after all -- the receiver announced on Sunday (via Twitter, of course) that he'll be active for the Jets game against the Vkings on Monday night.
Whats up everyone, #ocnn news here, im playing against our former teammate #farve tomar, going to be a battle!
 This is excellent news because Revis gets a chance to redeem himself after getting torched by Moss on one of the season's sicker catches -- and he gets a chance to back up the smack talk he and Antonio Cromartie have been directing Moss' way since he got dealt to the Vikings.

Oh, and also because he doesn't know how to spell Brett Favre's name apparently.

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Posted on: October 10, 2010 1:03 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2010 5:27 pm
 

Brady, Moss separated in locker room

Posted by Will Brinson

Charley Casserly, appearing on our television mother ship, dropped a pretty large bomb, reporting that Randy Moss and Tom Brady had to be separated in the locker room following a fight that revolved around hair insults.

Apparently, Brady told Moss that he should shave his beard and Moss told Brady he needed to hit up the barber so he'd look less like Justin Bieber (actually, Moss reportedly told Brady he looked like a girl, but the Bieber joke would've been much funnier, no?).

Earlier today, Michael Irvin started ranting with Terrell Owens about Tom Brady remaining silent in the wake of his team trading his best deep target -- it's pretty safe to say there's a good reason why you haven't heard Brady get angry that the team did what they did.



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Posted on: October 9, 2010 1:21 pm
 

What will happen to Berrian?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

One storyline lost in the Randy-Moss-to-the-Vikings trade was what will become of Minnesota’s Bernard Berrian. Even before the Moss trade, Berrian had been nearly invisible on the field, catching only five passes for 38 yards this season.

Now, that Moss will suit up for Minnesota, what happens to Berrian? Well, it seems obvious to say that his snaps probably will be cut. When the Vikings go to a two-receiver set, it won’t be Berrian and Percy Harvin any more. Now, it’ll be Harvin and Moss.

He was short with the media this week, but then, having something to say (or because he felt bad about his earlier snubs), he made a visit to the media room Friday. Asked if he was happy, Berrian said, “Good question.”

"Anytime a player's reps get cut or anything of that nature happens, a player's never going to be happy," Berrian told reporters, including the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "My attitude has to change."

Berrian did say he felt limited by his pre-Moss role, mostly running deep routes to make up for the loss of the field-stretching Sidney Rice. He said he wouldn’t mind seeing more slants and screens.

"I feel like I'm the same guy," said Berrian, who caught 71 passes for 951 yards in 2007. "But, I mean, the production hasn't been there, so it's kind of hard to say that."

The good news, though, is that now Moss is in town, Berrian will have plenty more time to help Chad Ochocinco on whatever joke of a reality show the Bengals WR is engaging in this month.

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Posted on: October 8, 2010 11:47 pm
 

NFL Soundoff Week 5: Randy Moss

Posted by Andy Benoit

This week we asked our social media friends: On a 1-10 scale, how successful was Randy Moss' tenure in New England? (1 = disaster; 10 = perfect, as good as any 3+ year tenure anywhere).

It was a bit surprising to see so many people – virtually everyone – agree on one thing: Moss’ tenure was a success. Perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising that everyone recognized this. After all, the Patriots got an elite, game-changing receiver in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick.

Putting the responses in math terms, the mean (average) score was 8.7. The mode (number that occurs most frequently) was 9. The MCR (most creative response) was 8.4. Props to Jerryll Knight for coming up with the…what would you call the 8.4 joke, exactly? It’s like a pun but not really a pun. It definitely, to a certain degree, involves some tongue-in-cheek. Anyway, nice work Jerryll. In fact, nice work from a lot of people. Take a look at some of the best arguments and responses below.


VIA FACEBOOK (www.Facebook.com/cbssports)

Alex Acosta An 8, for 3 reasons First his tenure had only two years of Tom Brady and one with Matt Cassel. Second when given the opportunity to put up numbers in a wide open offense with Josh McDaniels, he had the most dominant season in history. Third he gave an opportunity for Wes Welker to become the best slot reciever in the NFL, doubtful that Brandon Tate will allow Welker to have 15 catch games.

Christopher Cross 8 is too high. People are taking into account what he did before the Patriots (specifically Minnesota) in giving him an 8. I give him an 8 for his career.....a 7 for his time with the Patriots. One AMAZING year doesn't make an 8. The g...Jerryll Knight I'd have to say, overall... it was a pretty productive stay given that receivers don't usually make or break an entire offense on that level of play, thus creating only a positive force when given an opportunity... 8.4

James Misty Ross HIGH SCHOOL: Dupont H.S. State Athlete of the Year twice in basketball, once in football. Two State Track Titles One Football Championship COLLEGE: Marshall Division I-AA Championship
NFL: 5th All-time WR's NFL Single Season TD recor...
Jermaine Somerset Perfect 10. Moss was a great fit, but those who know the NFL knows it was a business deal. They weren’t willing to give him an aging receiver a lot of money after this year because they knew some dumb owner would. They figure that they weren’t going to resign him, so why not get something for him now.

Brian Persky ‎6 or 7 at best. He was without a doubt their most valuable offensive weapon other than Tom Brady, in fact he's the only reason anybody has ever even heard of Wes Welker. However, he never won a super bowl with them and he was a huge distraction.

Larry McVey ‎9. Without him...no way they go undeafeated in the regular season and, barring a miraculous catch by Tyree...Moss would have his ring. Patriot woes were not on Moss's account. If not for Moss...Welker does not have the"as- great" 3 years he had. As far as a distraction...New England probalbly got the least disracting years out of Randy yet (unless you take into account how he distracted the opposing teams best defender away from the other N.E. receivers)! I give him a 9 !!!

VIA TWITTER ( @CBSSportsNFL )

@dynastize 9... Broke ind rec TD record for a season... didn't win a #superbowl though so not a 10

@_Relic_ 9. Only SB win would be better. What more could be expected?

@zwsprit NFL TD rec record but no SB, if they would have won the SB it'd be a 10

@besharp88 8-9 depending on QB

@fanreader  Not sure how you couldn't give him a 10 he broke records left and right

@ SMONEE   I would have to say 9 and all of my 9 comes from the record breaking season for Brady and Moss - what a show that year!

@MarkusLee7478  9.5. 50 tds in 52 is just sick. Give it a 9 bc they didn't get a ring.


Stay with us next week for another round of Soundoff.

Category: NFL
Posted on: October 7, 2010 9:51 pm
Edited on: October 7, 2010 10:33 pm
 

Pats, Chargers talking Vincent Jackson deal?

Posted by Will Brinson

Lots of folk, following the departure of Randy Moss to Minnesota, believed that the Patriots should go out and get themselves Vincent Jackson, the far-from-gruntled wide receiver for the San Diego Chargers who's done nothing since the end of last season but draw the ire of Bolts GM A.J. Smith.

Tom Curran of CSNNE reports that talks of such a trade is in the "preliminary" stage right now, but that there are indeed talks.

Since Jackson began his holdout, the standard rumor's been that San Diego wants a second- and third-rounder in exchange for the Pro Bowler, while Curran notes, via Kevin Acee, of the San Diego Union-Tribune, that it would increase to a first- and second-rounder to another AFC team.

The Patriots could possibly open up a different sort of trade, by offering also far-from-gruntled guard Logan Mankins for Jackson, which Curran says is "in play."

Clearly the draft picks plus Mankins is too much to give up for the Bolts, but whether or not a straight-up swap would work remains to be seen.

There's the additional problem of Jackson teetering (metaphorically, and depending on the violation, literally) on a longer suspension than he faced this year, if he were to violate the Personal Conduct Policy again.

But both players are in absurdly similar situations, having refused to sign their respective restricted free agent tenders and then managing to anger their respective bosses to the point that it seems unlikely any resolution with their respective current teams will be reached.

And it's a deal that makes sense -- the Chargers could shore up their offensive line and the Pats could replace the loss of Moss with Jackson. But given the other report out there, from Jason LaCanfora of NFL Network, that indicates both players might not become free agents with a new CBA, it's possible San Diego and New England won't want to cave on the leverage they could continue to have through 2011.

Update: Acee now adds that a deal is "highly unlikely" even though the Pats and Chargers apparently have had some discussions about a deal. So, yeah, not as exciting.
Update: Mankins' agent tells Ian Rapoport that the possibility of a swap like the one discussed above is "ludicrous" -- which seems like you could potentially forget everything, but, really, shouldn't that mean it's MORE likely? Discuss.
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Posted on: October 7, 2010 5:28 pm
Edited on: October 7, 2010 5:41 pm
 

Report: Vikes restructure Moss' contract language

Posted by Will Brinson

Randy Moss didn't address his contract situation (this is the last year of his deal) during his first press conference as a Viking on Thursday, but he and the Vikings have reportedly restructured his contract in order to guarantee that the team won't put the franchise tag on him after 2010.

"I think everything will work itself out," Moss said during the presser. "If I'm going to be here next year as a Viking, then that's what it's going to be -- if I'm not, then I'm not."

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that there is "no new money" for Moss under the restructured deal, but Minnesota has included language that will keep the team from franchising Moss, thereby making him an unrestricted free agent following the season.

An additional report from Judd Zulgad of the Minnesota Star-Tribune indicates that there are "no indications" that the Vikings and Moss are working on an extension.

Two things stand out on this -- first, that if there is hope for an extension with Moss, the Vikings are doing what legal folk would call  "negotiating in good faith," which means exactly what you think it would.

Secondly, there's no guarantee that Brett Favre is going to be a Viking in 2011 (obviously, but, hey, there's definitely a chance) and there's no reason to think that anyone involved would want to deal with Moss were he in a situation where he was suddenly on the receiving end of Tavaris Jackson passes ... unless Moss had a longer deal already secured.

Additionally, getting the franchise tag possibility out of the way lets Moss and the rest of the team "go out and play football" or whatever typical NFL cliche you prefer.

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Posted on: October 7, 2010 4:41 pm
 

Moss answers questions at presser

B. Favre throws to R. Moss in Minnesota's practice today (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Randy Moss was happy to be home. That’s the way he characterized the past few days, going from a zero-catch performance with the Patriots against the Dolphins to the trade Wednesday that sent him from New England to the Vikings, the team that originally drafted him.

Moss is home again, and that makes him happy. That much was clear.

“I’m very fortunate to be back home where it all started,” Moss said during his introductory news conference this afternoon. “It’s been a hectic last 48 hours. I didn’t really know what to expect. But back home. It kind of feels weird knowing I was just in New England, trying to make things happen and just overnight get traded back home. I thought about this time and time again about how things would play out. Is the love still here for me in Minnesota? All I’ve been seeing is nothing bout positive.”

The news reports the past few days haven’t been quite so cheery. We’ve documented how Moss apparently had a heated exchange with New England quarterback coach Bill O’Brien at halftime of the Miami game and about how he apparently snubbed coach Bill Belichick and other teammates on the flight home (Belichick came out strongly today and said those remarks, made by former New England WR Troy Brown, were completely inaccurate).

We’ve seen on TV the old highlights of Moss walking off the field before Vikings games were over and him pretending to moon the crowd at Lambeau Field. We’ve read about the controversy Moss has generated throughout his career – in Minnesota, in Oakland and now in New England.

Moss wasn’t interested in discussing it during his news conference this afternoon, saying “I need the next question, next question, next question.”

Instead, Moss was more content to talk about what it will be like finally to play with QB Brett Favre.

“Me and Brett have a long history with one another,” Moss said. “When we started, we were playing against each other. His agent and I had a very strong relationship. All along, he just wanted to see if Brett and I could hook up one day. I’m a little older and he’s a little older; we don’t have that far of a window. The opportunity is closing. We have to take it one game at a time. I know I’m coming in a little late, but hopefully we can get the timing down and carry it over into the game.”

One of the next big questions in Moss’ career will be what happens with the new contract he’s been wanting. Will the Vikings give him what he wants? Or will they treat him as a 13-game rental as they try to get to the Super Bowl in what should be Favre’s final year?

“I don’t really want to get into contracts,” Moss said. “Things in New England didn’t go according to plan. I’m here now. I think everything will work itself out. If I’m going to be here next year as a Viking, that’s what it’ll be. If I’m not, I’m not. Right now I have a job to do, and that’s football.”

And then referring to the old Lake Minnetonka/Vikings scandal from 2005, Moss chose to end the show like this after talking briefly about his controversies, “What if I had been on that boat? There were really would have been some problems.”

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Posted on: October 7, 2010 12:17 pm
 

Belichick refutes Moss incidents

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Earlier today, we brought you the story about how Randy Moss ignored Patriots coach Bill Belichick on the plane ride home from Miami. Those were the words of former New England WR Troy Brown who said Moss didn’t talk to anybody who tried to talk to him.

This afternoon, Belichick said that was untrue.

In an impromptu news conference called by Belichick – a rarity – he made the claim that there were no off-the-field incidents with Moss and that the allegations that said otherwise were incorrect.

“Absolutely not true,” Belichick told reporters, including the Boston Herald. “A total fabrication. I didn’t even talk to Randy on the plane.”

Belichick also said that in four years, he never had a problem with Moss, and he said Moss was a pleasure to coach.

So, take that for what it’s worth. Especially that last line.

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