The Tennessee Titans claimed Randy Moss on Wednesday and apparently they were the only team to do so.
“We had an opportunity to upgrade our offense and Randy has been a tremendous threat wherever he has been," head coach Jeff Fisher told reporters. "We will bring him up to speed as quickly as possible.’’
The Titans, who are without wide receiver Kenny Britt (hamstring) for an extended period, needed to add depth to the passing attack.
Moss was released by the Vikings earlier this week just 25 days after the team traded its 2011 third-round pick to acquire him.
He has caught 22 balls for 313 yards and five touchdowns in eight games with Minnesota and New England.
Tennessee is on a bye during Week 9 so Moss will not practice with team until next week and will likely make his Titan debut on November 14 versus the Dolphins, a team in which he has success against.
The Titans enter their bye at 5-3 and a half of game behind the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC South.
MY TAKE: I seem to remember one other time where all the teams in the league opted to pass on Moss except one. The year was 1998 and the Vikings drafted him when so many others passed. He responded by producing one of the most prolific rookie seasons at the position ever. That was a long time ago. Moss no longer possesses the skill sets he did, but the baggage remains. I don’t question whether he has enough left in the tank to be a legit No. 1, but you have to wonder if he’s going to provide effort. His on-off switch shorts out at times and that is why he is wearing a third uniform in less than a month. Without defending his antics though, I still think Moss is not at fault here. Brad Childress is an idiot. The Titans got Moss for nothing more than a waiver claim. Childress admitted Wednesday that trading for Moss for a “poor decision” Moss may very well be headed somewhere the Vikings coach won’t be, the playoffs. With free agency looming, look for Moss once again to prove his critics wrong as long as he decides he wants to. Signing him was a good, low-risk move for the Titans.
FANTASY SLANT: The Titans are not a passing team (30th in pass attempts) and Vince Young doesn’t have the cannon to utilize Moss’ deep threat. Expect Moss to get a fair share of touchdowns and a decent amount of targets per game though. The schedule is very favorable with two games against the Colts and Texans, a matchup with Jacksonville (worst pass defense in league) still ahead. Owners are going to have to play a wait-and-see approach, but Moss could be a good buy-low candidate. Nobody benefits more than Chris Johnson. The addition of Moss should mean more open space for the explosive playmaker to produce highlights. Vince Young obviously gets a boost, but the rest of the team’s wide receivers all drop even further down the fantasy radar.
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