Can Randy Moss help or hurt a well oiled machine?

As we all know, the New Orleans Saints worked out veteran wide receiver Randy Moss.  The question is what can he bring to the table?

Good offensive coordinating usually elevates with the talent it has to work with – and talent is something the Saints aren’t short of.  But does the Saint offense have room with so much in-house talent evenly distributed across the board?

No one tilts the field like Moss; he assures some sort of over the top help or combination coverage.  At this stage of his career, though, that may not always be a given. But surround Moss with the talent for once – teaming him up with the NFL’s new Antonio Gates (Jimmy Graham), give or take Marques Colston (Free Agent), Darren Sproles, and recently franchised Drew Brees – and you get the best passing attack that pen could put to paper.

A well-rested and conditioned Randy Moss could replace the role of free agent Robert Meachum (who generated a low catch count yet a high number of big plays). In 2011 Meachum averaged 15.5 yards per catch and scored six of his 40 catches, as his role became more active in the Saints’ play action passing game. Of his 60 regular season targets, 78% of them were attempted on the perimeter of the field – i.e. in Moss’s familiar territory.

Can He Fit?

With the flexibility in this offense, it would be hard to say that Randy Moss couldn’t bring anything to the table in New Orleans – but conditioning is the number one factor.  Next is his pride.  While Meachum has been a number two at best throughout his career, Moss has carried teams. Now, at 35, can he take a backseat and drop down to third or fourth most targeted receiver?

Moss did not have to run a 40 yard dash but has probably slowed down to mid 4.4 speed, and is now normal among NFL wide receivers.  Still possessing adequate ground-covering speed, Moss could be an upgrade to their run action passing game.  With New Orleans’ efficient rushing attack of recent years, this job description could be fitting for Moss.

The logic is understood on why this team gives Moss a workout;  but the surprising part is New Orleans being the first team to publicly show interest in Moss. The potential of losing either Colston or Meachum, maybe even both, is definitely a factor.  This workout could determine which free agent receiver stays or leaves their organization.

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