Before Randy Moss signed his one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers, calling the wide receiver a prototypical veteran, who other player’s could look up to, would have been a misstatement. During offseason workouts, Moss has been praised for his work ethic and the examples he is setting for the young receivers on the roster like Michael Crabtree and A.J. Jenkins. With veterans not required to report to training camp until Thursday, Moss showed up one day early looking ready to start his redemption season.
Moss arrived in Santa Clara on Wednesday pulling a suitcase and balance ball. The wide receiver is showing up with a chip on his shoulder because everyone, minus the 49ers Faithful, thinks he is washed up and too old to be a productive offensive player. Showing Moss still has value, Niner fans point to him participating in every practice since April 30 and him heeding Jim Harbaugh’s request to set examples for other players by sitting in the front-row during team meetings.
There is hope Moss can still be a good receiver for the 49ers even if he missed all of last season because he retired. With hope, also comes hesitation until we see how he plays at training camp and the preseason games. However, Moss does not need to be the record setting receiver he was with the Patriots. The 49ers just need him to give life to the dull passing attack from last season. At the most the 49ers need Moss to stretch the field to give tight end Vernon Davis and receivers Crabtree and Mario Manningham open space underneath. At the every least, the 49ers need him to continue setting the examples he has for other players and to keep his antics in check.