TORONTO - The careers of two of this generation’s greatest receivers have gone in opposite directions this season.
In Cincinnati, Terrell Owens is headed for another 1,000-yard season.
Meantime, Randy Moss is with his third team and wondering if he’ll ever win another game.
Moss has just four catches in three games since Tennessee pulled him off the waiver wire. “The only thing that really frustrates me is winning and losing,” Moss told reporters this week. “Me getting the ball and we lose the game, I’m still frustrated. Me not getting the ball and us winning would make me happy.”
The Titans have used Moss mostly as a decoy. He has had only 12 balls thrown at him. He has 49 yards and no touchdowns, puny production considering he is eighth in NFL history with 952 receptions for 14,927 yards and 153 touchdowns. It hasn’t helped that the 12-year veteran has played with five different quarterbacks this year, including three in Tennessee.
Moss and Chris Johnson, who ran for 2,000 yards last season, were expected to be a lethal combination. But it hasn’t happened. Johnson had a career-low five yards last week but with Kerry Collins returning to quarterback this week, Moss is hoping for better results.
“Hopefully with Kerry and the things we’ve done to change around the offence, hopefully we can put some drives together and stay on the field,” said Moss, who is 1-6 since being traded from New England. “I just want to win some games.”
Owens, meantime, has padded his credentials for free agency. While the Bengals have struggled, it hasn’t been for a lack of production from the flamboyant receiver. He has 914 yards on 65 catches with eight TDs.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen after this year,” he told the Cincinnati Enquirer. Despite the team’s record, he said he would consider returning. But it is more likely he will move on to a club that is building to win now. The Jets might be interested if they don’t resign Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes.
Owens and New York always have seemed a natural combination.
Curiously, Owens has avoided controversy this year while Moss has been a walking soap opera. But they do have one thing in common; at the moment neither — despite their talents — has been able to put their teams into a playoff position.