After announcing his retirement from the NFL almost exactly a year ago, Randy Moss decided that he had a little bit of football left in him. The former Patriots wide receiver signed with the San Francisco 49ers on a one-year deal where he will look to add another weapon to Jim Harbaugh's up and coming offense.
This week, Moss reported to the 49ers training facility to begin voluntary team workouts, and has impressed his coaches and teammates. Even though he's been out of football for over a year now, there doesn't appear to be an ounce of rust on him, so says his new Quarterback.
"It's tough to tell that he missed a year of football. I certainly don't see any rust," said 49ers quarterback Alex Smith talking to ESPN.com. "He's running well, catching well. No surprise, he's a pro and already has a good understanding of the playbook."
The Randy Moss that we were all fortunate to see here in New England was a dynamic physical specimen who could use his height to over match anybody that was covering him. During his four year tenure with the Patriots, Moss racked up 259 catches for 3,904 yards and 50 total touchdowns.
Someone who knows Moss all too well is Donte Whitner, the former Buffalo Bills safety that was given the assignment to try and contain him twice a year. Whitner, who now plays for the Niners, believes that Moss hasn't changed one bit since when he faced him in New England.
"He still looks the same," said Whitner. "He's a long strider, and when you actually run against him, he's really running really fast. He's running the same as he's always run. His body looks like a younger Randy Moss, so I'm looking forward to seeing what he can do on the football field."
So it seems like Randy is doing some good things in the city by the bay. As a Patriots fan, it was fun for me to watch him flat out dominate defensive backs the way he did. He was the last real deep threat we ever had on the team, and was truly a joy to watch. I wish him nothing but the best in his time with San Francisco. And of course, I'm looking forward to his return to New England, when the Niners and Pats square off on Dec. 16.