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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Articles tagged: Randy Moss

Tom Brady jokes about recruiting Randy Moss to Bucs

Tom Brady

Tom Brady already got one of his all-time favorite teammates to come out of retirement and join him in Tampa Bay. Will Randy Moss make it two?

Almost certainly not, but Brady is shooting his shot. On Saturday, Brady shared a clip on his Instagram account from one of his interviews with Religion of Sports. In it, the 42-year-old quarterback was asked about his greatest individual performance ever. Brady said the game that sticks out the most was when the New England Patriots scored 56 points against the Buffalo Bills in 2007. That was the season they shattered offensive records en route to an 18-1 season.

Of course, Brady can’t think or talk about that game without mentioning Randy Moss. At the end of his Instagram description, Brady jokingly asked Moss to come out of retirement to play for the Buccaneers.

“Hey Randy, Bucs red would look really good on you! Do you have a few snaps left??” Brady wrote.

You can see the clip Brady shared below:

Rob Gronkowski is 31 and only took one season off. Moss is 43 and has not played in an NFL game since 2012. There’s no chance the Hall of Famer is going to come out of retirement, though he has shared some interesting thoughts about Brady playing for the Buccaneers.

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Randy Moss offers extremely high praise of Patrick Mahomes

Patrick Mahomes

Patrick Mahomes has proven himself to be an extraordinarily talented quarterback in only two years of starting in the NFL. He already has won an MVP award and a Super Bowl, and he has a 50-touchdown season to his name.

But just how great can he become? Randy Moss has an idea.

The Hall of Famer appeared on ESPN’s “Get Up!” Wednesday and lavished Mahomes with praise, suggesting the young quarterback could go down as the best ever.

“When you look at a quarterback like Patrick Mahomes and like I said, being able to extend the play, I’m a deep threat guy and having that type of speed on the field, for him to be able to extend plays, we possibly could be looking at the greatest quarterback of all time,” Moss said on ESPN’s “Get Up” Wednesday. “No disrespect to Tom Brady and what he’s been able to accomplish. His Super Bowl rings speak volumes, but when you look at the position and how the position and the game is changing year after year, we could be possibly seeing the greatest quarterback that we’ve witnessed.”

Moss also predicted that he could catch 30 touchdown passes from Mahomes during his prime.

That feels like it could be a bit of a stretch, but in today’s pass-happy NFL, the duo might be able to achieve it. Keep in mind that Moss set an NFL record by catching 23 touchdown passes in 2007 in his first year with Tom Brady in New England. Moss was 30 at the time. Moss led the NFL in touchdown catches five times during his career. He and Jerry Rice are the only two receivers in NFL history to catch more than 18 touchdowns in a season, and they each only accomplished it once.

30 touchdowns would be nuts, but if there’s a combo that could do it, it might be Mahomes and his big arm throwing to Moss and his downfield speed. As for Moss’ buddy Brady, well, the Hall of Famer does have one concern for this season.

Randy Moss has one concern about Tom Brady playing for Bucs

Randy Moss

Randy Moss knows firsthand just what Tom Brady is capable of. But the Hall of Fame wide receiver has one concern about his ex-teammate playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Moss appeared on ESPN’s “Get Up” on Tuesday morning and shared that he is concerned about the protection Brady will have from Tampa Bay’s offensive line.

“I think my biggest concern for Tom — you’ve seen what he has, as far as his weapons. I’m not concerned about the running game. I’m concerned about Tom’s protection,” Moss said, via 247 Sports. “They were unable to protect Jameis Winston for so long. If you compare quarterbacks, Jameis and Tom are not mobile quarterbacks. So, if they couldn’t protect Jameis, how are they going to protect Tom Brady?

“I think that’s my biggest concern for me going into the season with the Tampa Bay Bucs.”

Tampa Bay was 22nd in the NFL last season with 2.9 sacks allowed per game. They seemed to recognize the issues with their line, which may have played a role in their decision to select Tristan Wirfs with their first-round pick this year.

Despite the offensive line, Moss still thinks the Bucs have a lot of “upside.”

In Tampa, Brady may have his best wide receivers since he teamed with Moss on the Patriots from 2007-2010. Mike Evans and Chris Godwin are among the best receivers in the league. The Bucs also have some capable tight ends in OJ Howard, Cameron Brate, and Rob Gronkowski.

Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have teamed up yet again! Treat yourself or a friend with this great Tampa Fiesta shirt. You can buy it here.

Randy Moss: Patriots offense will be ‘a lot more fun’ with Cam Newton

Cam Newton

The New England Patriots are going to have a much different look on offense this season if Cam Newton wins the Week 1 starting job, and Randy Moss thinks that could be a good thing for fans.

In an appearance on ESPN’s “Get Up!” Tuesday morning, Moss said he believes New England’s offense will be more fun to watch with Newton under center than it was with Tom Brady. The Hall of Famer was sure to note that he was “not discrediting anything Tom accomplished,” but he feels Newton’s style of play has the potential to lead to a more entertaining product.

“I just think what we have seen coming out of New England for the past let’s say 20 years, there is going to be a change in New England,” Moss said, as transcribed by WEEI’s Ryan Hannable. “But, I think we are going to see them have a lot more fun out there and Cam Newton is going to give them that opportunity for the fans, not just the New England Patriots fans, but the football fans around the world to really see how fun this offense can really be.”

Moss was part of one of the most prolific offenses in NFL history with the Patriots in 2007. That offense was anything but boring, but those who have watched Brady and New England over the years understand his point. The Patriots’ offense has been built on short passes and slowly picking defenses apart. It has been extremely effective, but fans might get a lot more enjoyment out of watching guys like Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes.

Of course, a lot will depend upon Newton’s health. If his surgically-repaired foot is fully healed, Patriots fans are going to see a different type of excitement than what they grew used to with Brady.

Randy Moss wears LSU shirt featuring image of son Thaddeus

Randy Moss son Thaddeus

Randy Moss wasn’t about to miss his son Thaddeus playing in the National Championship Game. Moss came prepared and was decked out in LSU gear ahead of his son’s team’s game against Clemson on Monday night.

Randy was wearing a white sweatshirt that depicted his son Thaddeus on it. Moss also had an LSU beanie and scarf to complete his purple and gold look.

Moss also attended LSU’s playoff game against Oklahoma and was celebrating one of his son’s touchdowns.

Moss, 42, has four children with his former girlfriend Libby Offutt: Sydney, Senali, Thaddeus, and Montigo. Sydney played college basketball. Thaddeus began his career at NC State before transferring to LSU. He is a junior tight end and has 42 catches for 534 yards and two touchdowns this season.

Video: Randy Moss celebrates after son Thaddeus scores touchdown in playoff game

Randy Moss LSU Thaddeus

Thaddeus Moss scored on a 62-yard touchdown in LSU’s College Football Playoff game against Oklahoma on Saturday, and his father Randy was loving it.

Moss took advantage of a busted coverage to catch the long bomb from Joe Burrow and fight his way into the end zone.

The touchdown made it 42-14 with over four minutes left in the first half.

ESPN showed Randy Moss’ reaction to his son’s touchdown:

You have to love the shirt Randy was wearing featuring his son’s No. 81 on it.

Thaddeus, a junior from Charlotte, had three catches for 90 yards and a touchdown at that point in the game. That was just his second score of the season. Thaddeus also had an impressive catch in LSU’s win over Alabama.

Bill Belichick compares Antonio Brown situation to Patriots acquiring Randy Moss

Bill Belichick

The New England Patriots have a reputation for taking on controversial players and getting them to buy into their winning culture, and Bill Belichick had no problem reminding the media of that when asked a question about Antonio Brown this week.

Belichick was asked by Tom E. Curran of NBC Sports Boston on Tuesday if he is concerned about Brown becoming a distraction in New England the way he did with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders. The coach gave a standard response when he said he “wasn’t in either of those places” and can’t comment on those situations, but he surprisingly brought up Randy Moss when pressed further.

While it’s uncharacteristic of Belichick to point it out, the comparison is a good one. The Patriots traded a fourth-round draft pick for Moss prior to the 2007 season after the Hall of Famer became a malcontent in Oakland, of all places. Moss was 30 at the time, and Brown is 31. Moss went on to help the Patriots put together a historic season in 2007, and he averaged roughly 83 catches, 1,255 yards and 15 touchdowns per season through his first three years in New England.

It should be noted that Moss eventually became a bit of a headache with the Patriots, and they traded him to the Minnesota Vikings during the 2010 season. Still, they got more out of him than almost anyone expected.

While Brown the potential of Brown becoming a distraction is an obvious risk the Patriots are taking, he’s also one of the best receivers in football and still in his prime. Plus, there are reasons to believe forcing his way out of Oakland so he could sign with the Patriots was all part of a master plan for Brown. Even if the Patriots get top production out of Brown for a season, the risk will have been worth the reward.