You pick: Moss greatest deep threat ever?

September, 8, 2010
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It was Tom Brady's turn to throw bouquets at Randy Moss.

On Monday, Moss said he felt unwanted and underappreciated by the New England Patriots. In the past 48 hours, coaches and teammates have been heaping praise on him.

The man who will benefit most directly from a happy Moss had his say Wednesday.

"There's only one Randy Moss that would ever play this game," Brady said. "He's probably the greatest downfield receiver in the history of the NFL.

"I mean, those catches that he makes when he runs 65 yards down the field and you throw it and he just runs and catches it. That's impossible to do. I've asked him 'How do you do that?' And he says 'I don't know, man. I've been doing it for a long time.' He has some special skills that nobody is really gifted with."

Greatest downfield threat in NFL history? That's quite a statement.

With that in mind, I wanted to open the floor for a discussion on the subject in the comments section below.

Here are some alternatives who popped into my head.
  • Jerry Rice: automatically comes to mind in any receiver debate.
  • Warren Wells: John Madden calls him one of the greatest players he coached. In 1969, Wells averaged 26.8 yards per catch with 14 touchdowns on only 42 catches.
  • James Lofton: averaged over 20 yards a catch five times in his Hall of Fame career.
  • Bob Hayes: Olympic gold-medal sprinter revolutionized the game. He averaged 26.1 yards a catch in 1970 and is said to have been the reason bump-and-run coverage came to be.
  • Willie Gault: Olympic-caliber sprinter averaged 20.0 yards a catch for his career.
  • Harold Carmichael: at 6-foot-8, the four-time Pro Bowler was a basketball player in cleats.

Best of the AFC East teams ...
  • Paul Warfield, Dolphins: averaged a franchise-record 21.5 yards a reception in five seasons.
  • Wesley Walker, Jets: averaged more than 20 yards a catch eight times, twice as many seasons as Don Maynard did with Joe Namath slinging it.
  • Stanley Morgan, Patriots: first six NFL seasons had averages of 21.1, 24.1, 22.8, 22.0 and 23.4 yards.
  • Lee Evans, Bills: aside from Lofton, biggest deep threat in Buffalo of the past 20 years even if the numbers don't show it.

Again, this isn't a definitive list. I've done this off the top of my head to get us going. Maybe Moss is the greatest deep threat of all-time. Maybe not. Let's talk about it.

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