April 29, 2007
I think it’s safe to say the Patriots are having the best offseason of any team in the NFL. After already bringing in Donte Stallworth, Kelley Washington, and Wes Welker to solidfy an inconsistent wide receiver corps, as well as Adalius Thomas at an already strong linebacker spot, the team traded a fourth-round pick for WR Randy Moss.
Everyone knows that Moss has been dogging it the past few seasons in Oakland, and it remains to be seen whether he can just flip the switch and again be one of the elite players at his position. We’re not sure if he’ll ever fully reach the level of play from his first few seasons in Minnesota, but something tells us Moss is going to at least two more Pro Bowls with Tom Brady as his quarterback. This guy does not do well in a losing environment, so while it’s his job to give maximum effort regardless, a change of scenery is going to do wonders for his attitude and production during the twilight of his career.
Sources from the Patriots and Packers, who were also suitors for his services, both confirmed that Moss ran a 40-yard dash last week that was clocked at 4.29, 4.30 seconds. 4.29 at 30 years old! He obviously still has the speed, he still can get open and has great hands, which leaves his heart and determination the only question mark. That’s not going to be a problem in New England, as this team is certainly poised to make a run to the Super Bowl. If they both stay healthy, Stallworth and Moss on the field at the same time is going to be a major problem to deal with. Throw second-year running back Laurence Maroney in the mix, and the Pats could potentially field one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL.