Veteran wide receiver Randy Moss drew little attention during free agency, but he is now receiving rave reviews on his performance on the field for the San Francisco 49ers this offseason. Of course it is only June, but Moss is being described as being in shape and focused on football. The Niners are hoping that the version of Moss they signed this offseason will resemble the 2007 version and not the 2010 player.
Moss has long been regarded as a player who can be broodish, often taking plays off, but so far so good for San Francisco. Dan Arkush of ProFootballWeekly.com has been covering the Niners at mini-camp this month and he reports that Moss looks fantastic. Arkush states that Moss has looked at times to be unstoppable in practice.
Niners offensive coordinator Greg Roman states that Moss has been a model player during the offseason. “He’s been as good as you could possibly ask for in terms of being totally engrossed in football.”
In addition to Moss, the Niners added Mario Manningham in free agency this season in order to bolster a Niners receiving corps which struggled last season.
Early reports suggest that the new stable of receivers for the Niners are exceeding expectations in the offseason. Michael Crabtree, a player which has struggled to stay on the field due to injury issues in his career, has been having a solid offseason and Kyle Williams has been drawing rave reviews coming out of the slot for San Francisco.
If Moss is able to come close to his 2007 production, Crabtree is able to remain on the field along with added production from Manningham and Williams, the Niners might finally have a solid passing attack to go with their vaunted defense. QB Alex Smith finally is surrounded with an array of offensive weapons, it’s time to see if he can elevate his game and the 2011 29th ranked passing attack.