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Posted on: May 23, 2011 11:57 am
Edited on: May 23, 2011 12:09 pm
 

More smoke on Jets-Randy Moss front

Posted by Will Brinson

Waaaaaay back in April, our own Mike Freeman reported that the New York Jets were "seriously intrigued" about the possibility of signing Randy Moss.

And while Freeman might still think the move is a bit crazy on the Jets' part, it looks like a Moss signing might still get the old (gang) green light.

Manish Mehta confirmed in today's New York Daily News that Rex Ryan's team is very much interested in Moss, particularly if either Braylon Edwards or Santonio Holmes don't return.

Holmes and Edwards will be unrestricted free agents, barring 2010 rules being in place for the 2011 year. And it probably doesn't make a ton of sense for the Jets to pump heavy, long-term money into the two wide receivers.

Which is where Moss comes in. He said recently that he can still play "at a high level," even if he didn't show that with his performances with the Vikings and Titans in 2010. He might be willing to sign a shorter, incentive-laden contract with a contender like the Jets.

Oh, and hey, Antonio Cromartie is totally cool with it, so there's that.

"I would love to have Randy Moss on Jets," Cromartie tweeted Monday. "Much respect great vertical guy who has a lot left in the tank."

How much "a lot" is remains to be seen, as does Moss' hypothetical fit with the Jets offense, which isn't exactly the 2007 Patriots --regardless of the personnel they might pick up along the way.

If Moss will jump on board for cheap, I actually kind of like the signing, because of the upside he has, his previous career resurrection, and the fact that he'll be motivated to face the Patriots twice a year.

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Posted on: May 20, 2011 9:39 pm
 

Randy Moss talks to inmates about lessons learned

Posted by Andy Benoit

Randy Moss recently paid a visit to inmates in his home state at the West Virginia Industrial Home for Youth in Harrison County. Per the Associated Press, Moss spoke to 120 male inmates R. Moss (US Presswire)age 12-21 in a large assembly room. He then spoke to 12 female inmates and finished up by addressing eight inmates in the maximum security ward.

The 34-year-old free agent receiver shared some of his own “bumps in the road” and about how he has turned his life around. “The decisions you made to put yourself here were a mistake," he told the groups. “It happens. I’ve been there.”

Moss talked about a high school arrest for battery that cost him a scholarship at Notre Dame and landed him in jail for 30 days. He also addressed a failed drug test that ended his career at Florida State and had him taking classes at West Virginia while spending evenings in jail.

"Everybody is entitled to a mistake or two or three," Moss said in an interview. "I don’t want them to think my road was easy. I’ve had some bumps in the road.

"I’ve been there. I’ve been where they are. I’ve worn those orange jumpsuits."

Aside from a traffic incident in 2002, Moss has stayed out of legal trouble during his 13-year NFL career.

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Posted on: May 12, 2011 5:31 pm
 

Hot Routes 5.12.11: Chris Harris is just awesome

Posted by Will Brinson



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  • Chris Harris of the Chicago Bears is a pretty chill dude, from what I know about him on Twitter. (Also, he was a Panther for a few years, so I was always a fan.) He seems to "get it" when it comes to online interaction, and if you hit him up on Twitter, he'll usually hit you back. Anyway, what he did for a Alex of Cheesehead.TV's father is pretty ridiculous. As you might guess, Alex is not a Bears fan. But his dad is, and via Twitter, page/GB">Packers+Lounge)">Alex was able to get Harris to ring up his dad on the old man's birthday.
Posted on: May 7, 2011 10:51 am
 

Titans are done with Randy Moss

Moss Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If there was any doubt in your mind – and really, there shouldn’t have been – it’s now official. WR Randy Moss will not be rejoining the Titans squad.

That’s the word from Tennessee GM Mike Reinfeldt, who took part in a conference call with Titans season ticket holders and broke the predictable news to them.

“I honestly don’t think we’ll try to re-sign him,” Reinfeldt said, via the Tennessean. “We’ve got some young guys we like and I think at this point in his career he will probably go elsewhere.”

Where that is, well, no one knows, though Moss has made it clear he wouldn’t mind a return engagement with the Patriots, and the Jets might actually be intrigued in perhaps trying to find a place for him – though I think most of us would agree that Rex Ryan’s squad shouldn’t bother.

In other Titans news, Reinfeldt said he liked second-year QB Rusty Smith, but not necessarily as a starter (“He could be a pretty good darn backup for a while,” Reinfeldt said in comments that I’m sure Smith would LOVE to read). Reinfeldt also said he’d love to have back MLB Stephen Tulloch. This, even though Tennessee drafted two linebackers (Akeem Ayers in the second round and Colin McCarthy in the fourth round) with its first four picks last week.

Right now, it’s unclear whether Tulloch would be a restricted or an unrestricted free agent.

“I think what we tried to do (in the draft) at the linebacker position and in all the positions is really create as much competition as possible: Get as many good football players as you can at each spot,” Reinfeldt said. “(But) Stephen Tulloch is a good football player and we want him back.”

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Posted on: May 4, 2011 2:04 pm
Edited on: May 4, 2011 2:05 pm
 

Hot Routes 5.4.11 Post-draft bragging

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Posted by Andy Benoit

Sydney Moss, star high school basketball player in Kentucky and daughter of Randy Moss, has made an oral commitment to the Florida Gators.

Less than a week after leaving Monday Night Football, sideline reporter Michelle Tafoya is joining Sunday Night Football.

Tashard Choice had a bin Laden tweet issue, as well. Unlike Rashard Mendenhall’s Choice’s was unintentional.

Tony Romo is once again trying to qualify for the US Open.

Redskins third-round pick Leonard Hankerson calls himself the best wide receiver in the draft.

And on a similar tiring note, Ravens first-round pick Jimmy Smith thinks he was the best cornerback in the draft. (And, of course, he also has naysayers he wants to prove wrong. Ironically, by boasting like this, the controversial Smith is so far proving his naysayers right.)

Free agent linebacker Kirk Morrison is open to a return to Jacksonville. (It’s a matter of whether the Jags want him.)

Andy Reid says Todd Herremans is unlikely to leave the left guard position. That means first-round rookie Danny Watkins will play on the right side. It’s very, very uncommon to see a first-round pick used on a right guard. Eagles had that need, though.

The Vikings still need a stadium site in order to push a bill for a new venue.


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Posted on: April 11, 2011 9:20 am
Edited on: April 11, 2011 9:49 am
 

Rex Ryan is fond of Randy Moss

Posted by Andy Benoit

On Sunday, CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman wrote “(Rex) Ryan recently raved about Moss, and despite what the Jets may say pubR. Mosslicly, several league sources told CBSSports.com the team is seriously intrigued by Moss. That doesn't mean they'll sign him, but it's a possibility.”

So what, exactly, did Ryan say?

“Randy Moss, I’ve said all along, is a great vertical receiver,’’ the head coach told Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe. “And you have to roll coverage. Most teams would have to roll coverage to him.  We never did, but we got burned for a touchdown. But he was a weapon. A vertical weapon down the field.’’

With Santonio Holmes a free agent and indicating that he’ll play hardball in search of a long-term contract, there’s a small possibility the Jets could be in the market for a new wideout.

Moss, the guy Darrelle Revis once called a “slouch”, is available. At 34, his skills have mostly eroded and the Titans aren’t interested in re-signing him.

Is Moss worth bringing in? Well, Freeman basically covered it. (In a word, No!)

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Posted on: April 7, 2011 11:38 am
Edited on: April 7, 2011 1:37 pm
 

Offseason Checkup: St. Louis Rams

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

 

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The Rams were one of the most surprisingly successful squads in the NFL last season. Coming off a dreadful 1-15 season in 2009 – which netted St. Louis the 2010 No. 1 pick and, naturally, QB Sam Bradford – St. Louis won six more games than it had in 2009 and were a game away from taking home the NFC West division title and a postseason berth, falling instead to the Seahawks in the season finale.

But the biggest news since their loss to Seattle was the hiring of former Broncos coach Josh McDaniels as the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach. He’ll work closely with Bradfo




Quarterback, new offensive coordinator

While McDaniels helped current Chiefs QB Matt Cassel to a surprisingly good season the year he had to replace Tom Brady – who also got a little bit of McDaniels when he was in New England – and comes to St. Louis with a strong reputation as an offensive coordinator, Bradford will have plenty of work to do. The Rams will forgo the West Coast offense they ran last year and run more of a shotgun, spread-based scheme. This is where an offseason workout schedule would be helpful.



1. Wide Reciever
One of the most impressive accomplishments by Bradford last season was to throw for 3,512 yards to a corps of WRs that screams unknown and unproven (Danny Amendola, you’re our breakout star!!). The team lost Mark Clayton (patellar tendon) and Donnie Avery (ACL) while Danario Alexander missed eight games while undergoing a fifth (!) knee surgery. The acquisition of Randy Moss – if he would have let it happen – would have helped last year, but overall, the Rams really need help in this area.

2. Defensive Line
Surprisingly, the Rams weren’t terrible there last season, and much of that had to do with Fred Robbins and James Hall – who registered double-digit sacks for only the second time in his career at the age of 33. Overall, St. Louis ranked 19th in pass defense and 17th in run defense, and as you probably know, there’s a plethora of defensive linemen in the draft that could get a call from St. Louis (although drafting a WR in the first round makes more sense).

3. Defensive Backs
The Rams released standout SS Oshiomogho Atogwe, a defensive captain last year, because he was due an $8 million roster bonus Feb. 21. As a result, he left for Washington and left a huge hole in the St. Louis secondary. And while the Rams had high hopes in James Butler, he’s been plagued by injury and lost his starting spot. St. Louis probably won’t want to count on him.




The Rams still have plenty of holes to fill, but they also have young standouts on each side of the ball, particularly Bradford and MLB James Laurinaitis. In any other division, you’d say the Rams might struggle a bit and could feel good about themselves if they finish at .500.

But in the weak NFC West, they’ll be one of the favorites to win the division and return to the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

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Posted on: April 4, 2011 1:31 pm
Edited on: April 5, 2011 7:25 am
 

Offseason Checkup: New England Patriots

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

 

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The Patriots were probably the best team in football last season, compiling a 14-2 record before surprisingly losing to the Jets in the second round of the playoffs. Let’s see what New England had: Outstanding QB, check. Pretty good running game, check. A good enough offensive line and wide receiving corps, yes. A rock-solid defense, um, no.

The team had its problems on defense – which is talented but oh so young – but the wizardry of Brady who knows coach Bill Belichick’s system so well overcame most of those defensive hiccups. The Patriots haven’t had a losing season this century, so whatever constructive criticism that follows in this piece doesn’t suggest that the Patriots suddenly will struggle to win games. With Belichick, that simply doesn’t happen very often (unless, ahem, he’s donning the headset in Cleveland).




Recent unsuccessful playoff runs

A ridiculous statistic for you: the Patriots haven’t won a playoff game since the 2007 AFC championship game. That’s right, since that undefeated New England squad lost the Super Bowl to the Giants, the Ravens in the 2009 playoffs and the Jets in 2010 – all three of those were considered upsets, as well.

Doesn’t matter that New England has an annual chokehold on the AFC East (though New York is beginning to threaten that dominance), the Patriots can’t get anywhere in the playoffs. They haven’t won a Super Bowl in six years. So, what’s the problem?




1. Wide Receiver
Getting rid of Randy Moss probably was the right call for New England, but when the Patriots sent him away, they also lost their downfield threat. You might argue that Moss’ skills are in decline – and the Titans would DEFINITELY say that – but he’s still quite a long-ball receiver. Wes Welker is one of the best slot receivers in the game, Deion Branch had a nice comeback year and New England’s young tight ends are really solid. But a Moss-like receiver would be welcome.

2. More DL depth
Mike Wright and Ron Brace missed a combined nine regular-season games last season before injuries forced them to the Injured Reserve lists while Ty Warren missed the entire year, and a trio of rookies (two of whom were undrafted) were forced to step in and replace them. What the Patriots need in this year’s draft is a pass rusher off the edge, and since they have a plethora of draft picks, they could certainly try to trade up and find one. Wright, with 5.5 sacks, was the team leader, and following behind him were LBs Tully Banta-Cain and Rob Ninkovich. They need some help on the DL, though newly-signed Marcus Stroud could certainly ease some of that burden.

3. Better secondary play
Devin McCourtey had a strong rookie season, leading the team with seven interceptions and Leigh Bodden – who missed all of last year – will be a definite upgrade over Kyle Arrington. Pat Chung is solid at the SS spot, but FS Brandon Meriweather wasn’t very good last season (how he made the Pro Bowl is baffling). It would not be a surprise if New England tries to replace him.




The Patriots obviously have some corrections that need to be made. But this franchise has been the best – and most feared – in the NFL since Belichick took over (though Rex Ryan absolutely will NOT kiss his rings), and he doesn’t hesitate to get rid of loyal Patriots who he feels can’t help them anymore (I’m looking at you Richard Seymour, Adam Vinatieri, et al). The Patriots will continue to battle with the Jets for AFC East dominance, but like usual, New England will be a preseason favorite to win the Super Bowl.

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