Moss with Titans
Fir An Randy Moss (81) should help the Titans as a deep threat, as the receiver has 57 touchdown catches of 31 yards or longer, michael dwyer ap fil Moss' opponents are in deep trouble Wide receiver shines brightest on long passes By Jim Wyatt THRTENNRSSEAN MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. Randy Moss loves to go deep. And with the Titans, the receiver Ls part of an offense that's unafraid to. take chances throwing it down the field. Quarterbacks Vince Young and Kerry Collins are happy, and even sometimes-surly sometimes-surly sometimes-surly offensive offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger is smiling "Vince is throwing the ball very well down the field this year, and Heimerdinger is one of those offensive coordinators coordinators who likes to take his shots," said NFL Network analyst Joe Theismann, who was quarterback of the Redskins for 12 seasons. seasons. "I could see some big plays there. I could see the Titans hitting on a lot of big plays." Moss makes his debut with the Titans (5-3) (5-3) (5-3) today against the Dol-. Dol-. Dol-. phins (4-4). (4-4). (4-4). Over the years, the 13-year 13-year 13-year pro has turned short tosses into long gains, taken jump balls away from corner-backs corner-backs corner-backs and safeties, and used his big frame to take advantage of defenders on sideline routes. Of his 153 career touchdowns, touchdowns, however, 31 were on passes thrown 41 yards or more. He's caught 45 passes thrown at least 41 yards in the air. The deep threat that he brings to the table is very rare," said Collins, who threw to Moss when they were with the Raiders in 2005. "That will make him a NUMBERS GAME 6. Consecutive wins for the Titans in the month of November. 13-8. 13-8. 13-8. Titans record after the bye. 18. Consecutive games with a field goal for Titans PK Rob Bironas. , 45. Rushing yards RB Chris Johnson needs to reach 4,000 for his career, 4. Catches WR Randy Moss needs to surpass Andre Reed (951) for SHORT AND LONG Career numbers for Randy Moss based on distance distance of pass: Pass thrown Receptions Yards TDs Behind line 102 772 3 1-10 1-10 1-10 yards 450 3,920 51 TI-20 TI-20 TI-20 yards 259 4,491 28 21-30 21-30 21-30 yards 45 1,231 . 14 31-40 31-40 31-40 yards . 47 1,928 '26 41-plus 41-plus 41-plus yards 45 2,436 31 good fit because we are the kind of team that likes to take shots. Dinger has always been that way, and now with Randy 1 think we'll continue to try and find ways to get those big chunks. It is fun to get a little creative with it and do some things with him." Young is 3-of-8 3-of-8 3-of-8 3-of-8 3-of-8 this season season on passes thrown 41 yards or more, including a 71-yard 71-yard 71-yard touchdown to Nate Washington against the Chargers on Oct 31. He's 6-of-28 6-of-28 6-of-28 6-of-28 6-of-28 on throws of 41 yards or more during his career. Collins, who is expected to start against the Dolphins as Young continues to recover from an ankle injury, also has shown a nice touch throwing the long balL The 16-year 16-year 16-year pro is 15-of-91 15-of-91 15-of-91 15-of-91 15-of-91 passes on throws of 41 yards or more, with nine scores of 41-plus 41-plus 41-plus yards. With running back Chris Johnson almost certain certain to remain the primary primary focus of defenses, Moss should have some opportunities to work his magic downfield. "He fits in wherever we put him, Young said. "Right now we've got him at one position trying to learn that and then overall we can add on things. But right now I feel like he can stretch the field just like Kenny Britt docs, just like Justin Gage eighth place on the NFL career receptions list t 10. Touchdown catches for Moss in 10 career games vs. the Dolphins. 126. Average yards for Dolphins RB Ricky Williams in his past two games against the Titans. 8.5. Sacks for Miami LB Cameron Wake, who leads the AFC. does one of our big guys on that side." Moss is still looking for his first long ball this season, season, however. After playing playing four games each in New England and Minnesota, Minnesota, his longest catch is 37 yards. Theismann said he didn't didn't think Vikings quarterback quarterback Brett Favre "had the arm to be able to take advantage of what Randy can do downfield." Titans Goach Jeff Fisher predicted Moss would be effective running running every route in the playbook, not just the deep stuff. But if Moss can get open down the field, he might be the most capable player in the league when he runs under a ball in flight "Being able to adjust and catch the football, there isnt a better receiver in football than Randy Moss going down the field on a deep ball," Theismann Theismann said "When he runs to catch a pass and goes up to get it to me it is like a ccnterficlder catching a fly balL He has the best ball skills 1 have ever seen on a wide receiver, and his eye-hand eye-hand eye-hand coordination is impeccable. "If the quarterback can throw it down the field, I know Randy can still run under it" Reach Jim Wyatt at 615-259-8015 615-259-8015 615-259-8015 615-259-8015 615-259-8015 or jwyattf&tennessean.com.