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Randy Moss or Reggie Wayne? Fan’s Take
In approximately one month from now, all 32 NFL teams will be searching for players who will improve their team. Two notable receivers hitting the free agent market are Randy Moss and Reggie Wayne. Both have pros and cons, but which receiver would you rather have on your team?
Moss just turned 35 years old and announced that he is coming out of retirement. In 2010, Moss had the worst season of his career, totaling only 28 receptions for 393 yards and five touchdowns. In each game, he appeared disinterested and unwilling to play hard. Moss sat out this past season but will look to resume his career. The question is, which Moss will show up? Will we see the motivated, nearly unstoppable receiver that we have witnessed in year's past or the disgruntled 2010 Moss?
When Moss is hungry and motivated, he has proven that he can change the makeup of an offense. Just three years ago, he produced at an elite level, recording 83 receptions for 1,264 yards and 13 touchdowns. His ability to go deep on any snap forces defenses to account for him on every play, which makes things easier for his quarterback and teammates. Moss may be three years older, but he is a once-in-a-lifetime talent when he is focused. In addition to his talent, taking a year off may benefit him for the upcoming season.
While Moss has always been physically gifted, he is 35 and does have a tendency to lose interest in playing at 100 percent in every game. That lack of effort can rub teammates and coaches the wrong way, which could lead to internal conflicts. In his last season, he played for the New England Patriots, Minnesota Vikings and Tennessee Titans. It's remarkable that someone as talented as him played for three teams in one season. If a team signs him, they better have a backup plan in case he does not work out.
Without Peyton Manning under center, Reggie Wayne and the rest of the Colts receivers struggled to produce. But playing with three quarterbacks while lacking a dominate run game will make it hard for any wideout to succeed. Wayne finished with 75 receptions for 960 yards and four touchdowns. It will be interesting to see if he pairs up with Manning somewhere else, or if he chooses to go in another direction.
Perhaps Wayne's greatest strength is his consistency. He has played in 16 regular season games in 10 of his 11 seasons and has recorded seven straight 1,000-yard seasons. Despite the turmoil on offense last season, he was only 40 yards short of making it eight straight. Even though Wayne had a down year, he is capable of adapting to his quarterback. The team who signs him will get a veteran receiver who will provide steady production week in and week out.
If Wayne has any weakness, it is his age (33 years old). Only a team that needs a veteran receiver to put them over the top would be the best fit for him.
Can these two receivers keep up their high level of productivity, or will age finally catch up to them?
Travis Chan is a longtime football, basketball and baseball fan and contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. You can follow him on Twitter @Travischan1.
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