|Randy Moss has a ‘chip on shoulder’ and is ready to show he ain’t done yet||07.14.11 at 1:24 pm ET|
There were those on the inside and outside wondering openly last January if Randy Moss had caught his last pass in an NFL game. The loss of a full free agency period – many thought – would mean Moss would get lost in the process.
But according to his agent Joel Segal, who – in an interview with the NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora – said Moss is ready to return to “the old Randy Moss” and is in “freakish shape,” working hard every day to be ready to contribute once the work stoppage is officially over.
Segal said Moss – now 34 – is looking forward to entering the NFL free-agent market whenever it opens, according to Segal, who said Wednesday the wide receiver is primed to return to “the old Randy Moss.”
“Randy has been working out, two-a-days, all spring and summer in West Virginia,” Segal told the NFL Network. “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.”
In the worst statistical season of his 13-year career, Moss caught 28 passes for 393 yards and just five touchdowns in 2010. Still, he leads the NFL in TD receptions from 2007 to 2010, with 52. (Larry Fitzgerald is second with 41), and just six players have more receptions of 25 yards-plus during that span. Moss, of course, was on the receiving end of an NFL-record 22 TD catches in the record-breaking 2007 season, when he helped Tom Brady set a new NFL standard with 50 TD passes in a season.
Brady spoke glowingly of Moss last Oct. 27, four days before the Patriots welcomed Moss back to Gillette with the Vikings, just three weeks after the deal that sent Moss out of Foxboro. Moss was traded by the Patriots last October to the Minnesota Vikings, who later released him, only to have the Tennessee Titans pick him up for a playoff run that fell just short.
Moss had just one catch for eight yards as the Vikings jumped out to leads of 7-0 and 10-7, only to lose, 28-18 on Halloween night at Gillette.
Moss has been down this road before. He fell quickly out of favor with the Oakland Raiders for two disappointing seasons, but he rebounded after being dealt to New England in 2007. Moss is a four-time All-Pro and seven-time Pro Bowl selection.
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