Here we go again. Just when you thought talk of the St. Louis Rams pursuing a talented, yet troublemaking wide receiver had died down for awhile, it's baaaack. This troubled receiver might be familiar to you from last fall. The Rams did a little dance with Randy Moss when the Vikings unceremoniously dumped him last year, after swinging a mid-season deal with the Patriots to acquire him. The only thing we know is that the Rams did have internal conversations about the possibility of signing him last year, and those conversations are going to be starting up once again.
Moss, as you may recall, has a connection with Josh McDaniels, who coached him in New England for two years, two very productive years in 2007 and 2008. Moss was a key link in a Patriots offense that dominated every opponent it faced in 2007, except for Steve Spagnuolo's Giants defense in the Super Bowl. Here's what Spags told the Boston Herald after his Combine interview yesterday:
But certainly, him [Moss] having first-hand knowledge of the particular player - or any of the players - is going to be helpful. And anybody that's been in his system becomes a little bit attractive.
It seemed so easy just a couple months ago. The Rams needed receivers, bottom line. Now, with a little time for some perspective, they have a young group of players, notably Donnie Avery and Danario Alexander, that have lots of unrealized potential. With a high powered offensive coordinator and a talented quarterback, expectations are raised for those players.
An addition like Moss ideally gives the Rams some experienced insurance, on the field, a player who, ideally, would help the youngsters thrive. However, Moss' 2007 season was a long time ago; he had 28 catches and 393 yards total last year. In his last 8 games of the season with the Titans, he didn't score at all, catching just 6 passes for 80 yards.
We'll see what happens. I'll be sure to ask Billy Devaney about it today at his 10:15 a.m. presser.
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