Can Santana Moss regain his old form?
Aug/26/12 09:51 PM Filed in: Santana Moss
Question 15: Can Santana Moss regain his old form?
The background: Moss led the team in receiving yards every year from when he came to the team in 2005 through 2010. Last year his production dropped off after he missed four games with a broken hand. But even if you account for the missed games, it still was his worst statistical season since he became a regular starter for the Jets in 2003. The Redskins challenged the 33-year-old by bringing in two high-priced free agent wide receivers in Pierre Garçon and Josh Morgan and making it clear that 2011 draft pick Leonard Hankerson played a prominent role in their plans. Moss responded by losing 15 pounds and he has shown well in training camp.
Tandler: I think we can dismiss talk that Moss and Robert Griffin III could do this year what Cam Newton and Steve Smith did with the Panthers last year. There are too many other targets for Moss to rack up 1400 receiving yards in this offense even of Griffin can duplicate Newton’s historic rookie season. But based on what we have seen in training camp and the preseason games, it seems clear that even as the third or fourth receiver Moss can be a potent weapon for RG3. I think you can put him down for 65 catches for 800 yards and five TD’s and the Redskins will be perfectly happy with that.
El-Bashir: Expecting Moss to post another 1,000-yard season is fantasy. As Rich mentioned, Griffin’s got too many other targets for that happen. At 33, Moss is also fighting age. Shedding 15 pounds will help him regain the step he lost last season, but Father Time is undefeated. Moss still can carve out a crucial role for himself, though, as he proved against the Colts, the first team’s final dress rehearsal. He showed sure hands on his second quarter touchdown reception and got back to his roots by returning two punts -- an added responsibility he requested. If Moss can be an effective third/fourth option for Griffin, return punts and be a respected veteran voice in the locker room, he’ll more than earn his keep.