Terrell Owens and Randy Moss are two of the best wide receivers in NFL history. As both players try to make a return to the NFL fantasy owners are left trying to decide if they will hold fantasy appeal in 2012. We’ve already seen Chad Johnson’s opportunity vanquish, so let’s take a quick look at Owens and Moss and try to determine how we should proceed:
Randy Moss – San Francisco 49ers
Moss was targeted 4 times in the 49ers second preseason game, converting them into 3 receptions for 24 yards. Unfortunately for Moss, these could be the types of performances we see from him as he may not be on the field enough to make an impact. According to Jim Trotter of cnnsi.com (click here for the article):
“Thus far the 35-year-old has impressed teammates and coaches with his trademark speed and downfield ability on the field, and his willingness to mentor younger players off it. Still, none of that will matter if he doesn’t get it done in games. The 49ers likely will limit him to 20-25 plays a game to keep him fresh.”
If that is the case, just how many opportunities can we expect for Moss during the year? As it is, the 49ers are an offense that operates through its running game and uses the pass sparingly. Could they throw the ball more in 2012? Absolutely, but they also have significantly more weapons…
Vernon Davis appeared to come alive late last season and could easily be the team’s top target
Michael Crabtree is entering his fourth season, having improved each year so far, and may improve on his 72 catches for 874 yards and 4 TD performance from ’11 (in just 15 games)
The team added Mario Manningham via free agency and drafted A.J. Jenkins in the first round, as well as having Tedd Ginn and Kyle Williams
The bottom line is that the 49ers have ample options and appear ready to use Moss sparingly. There’s potential that he provides a big play now and then, but that’s what it is going to take for him to earn enough points to justify using him. Unfortunately you can’t depend on that every week. I would look towards options with the potential to produce at a more regular clip on draft day.
Terrell Owens – Seattle Seahawks
He didn’t play in 2011 and, according to nfl.com’s Greg Rosenthal (click here for the article) he didn’t fare well in his action with his new team:
“Seahawks starter Matt Flynn targeted Owens five times in the first half of the 30-10 victory over the Denver Broncos. None were completed passes. Before you blame Flynn, consider that he was 6-of-8 passing on attempts to all other receivers.
Owens and Flynn weren’t on the same page on multiple plays. Flynn appeared to expect Owens to go one way, and the receiver went another. The two were in sync, however, in the second quarter when Owens got behind the Broncos’ defense. Flynn dropped the ball in the bucket for what should have been a 46-yard touchdown. The ball went right through Owens’ hands.”
Seattle is not stocked with wide receivers, so they have incentive to give him a much longer look than some teams might. However, it is far from a given that he makes the team. According to Jason La Confora of CBS Sports (click here for the article):
“He’s hardly assured of making this roster, according to team sources”.
Unless things change dramatically moving forward, even if Owens makes the team, it doesn’t appear like he is going to make a major impact. Barring injuries he will be behind Sidney Rice and Golden Tate, at the least, with Doug Baldwin and Ben Obomanu also potentially ahead of him.
Could Owens develop into the team’s top receiver? Sure, but I would rather take the late round risk on someone with far more upside.
What are your thoughts of Moss and Owens? Would you draft them? Why or why not?
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