Dukes: Moss could help Jets as vertical threat

The latest round of Randy Moss rumblings connects him to the Jets, whom the New York Daily News reports have legitimate interest in the probable Hall of Fame receiver.

It remains to be seen what market will exist for Moss, or how quickly it would develop in what looks to be a deep field of veteran free-agent receivers. NFL Network’s Jamie Dukes believes the Jets should take interest in Moss if they don’t bring back Braylon Edwards, who like Santonio Holmes and Brad Smith could be a free agent.

“They need someone who can take the top off a defense and allow Holmes to do what he does on the underneath routes,” Dukes said. “Not to mention Moss has an intimate knowledge of what the Patriots do, and Rex Ryan is always looking for an edge to beat the Patriots. Imagine giving that knowledge over to someone who really knows how to coach a defense.

“Moss still has something left. He can still run deep routes, and defenses will respect that. If the Jets put him in the right situations, I think he can still run. Where I see him starting to have problems is starting and stopping. If you allow him to run the vertical parts of the route tree, he’ll be effective and make plays. Randy knows this is the last stop on the bus.”

That could be the case for Moss, who’s 34. While his free-agent status raises plenty of questions, he could represent a cheaper option for the Jets than Edwards. Many believe a motivated Moss still might be dangerous.

— Frank Tadych

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