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Monday, November 1, 2010
Randy Moss no longer with the Vikings

Randy Moss
The Minnesota Vikings have said goodbye to wide receiver Randy Moss for the second time, after he caught one pass for eight yards in a loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday.

Back in March of 2005, the Vikings traded Moss to the Oakland Raiders after seven excellent seasons in Minnesota. He spent two years in silver and black before being traded to New England in April 2007.

Moss is no longer the elite receiver he was in his prime, as evidenced by the fact that two teams have now decided they'd be better off without him. Entering Week 8, among all players with at least 10 receptions, Randy Moss had the LOWEST catch percentage in the NFL.

He also led all NFL players in drops this season entering Week 8. Among players with at least 20 targets, he had the third-highest drop percentage (drops/targets) in the NFL.

And if you increase the minimum to 30 targets -- which gives you the 91 most-targeted receivers in the league -- then Moss was leading the NFL in drop percentage.

One person who may feel Moss' absence the most is Percy Harvin. It's well known that Moss can attract a lot of attention from opposing defenses, usually garnering double or triple-team coverage. Harvin seemed to benefit from catching passes underneath Moss' blanket coverage since his arrival.

Harvin, even though he hasn't started a game yet this season, already is halfway to his 2009 totals in receptions, yards and touchdowns, and he's done so in only seven games. And his yards per catch average is nearly twice as high with Moss on the team as it was before the Vikings made the trade.