Mike Heimerdinger is certain that wide receiver Randy Moss will make a difference in the Tennessee Titans’ offense. Not that the offense itself will be any different.
“I think he fits well into what we want to do as an offense and doesn’t require us to change anything,” Heimderdinger said. “He should be a difference maker for the offense and other individual players on our offense. Again, I don’t know him, but I have heard he is competitive and smart football player.”
The Titans acquired Moss Wednesday when they were the only team to make a waiver claim for the 33-year-old. He was released a day earlier by Minnesota, which acquired him in a trade with New England roughly a month ago.
Tennessee is Moss’ fourth different franchise, but the first to acquire him through waivers.
Minnesota, which drafted him in 1998, traded him to Oakland in 2005. The Raiders traded him to New England two years later, and the Patriots shipped him back to Minnesota after four games this season.
“I’m excited about getting Randy here,” tight end Bo Scaife said. “I’ve got a lot of respect for him, and he’s going to be a good fit for us. I know he’s going to help us, so you can’t really go wrong from that aspect. I hope he’s mad at those other teams passing him up and he comes in and gives us the best eight games of his career.”
Moss immediately provides a much-needed deep threat to take the place of Kenny Britt, who is sidelined by a hamstring injury.
Britt led the Titans in receiving yards last season and was their leader in catches (23), yards (434) and touchdown receptions (seven) this season before being hurt.
“It is a great pickup for us,” defensive back Cortland Finnegan said. “One of our receivers now is down and (Moss) can come in and pose a deep threat and … still being a dynamic player. It helps us as a team and an offense.
“He is a deep threat, he can run routes and get open, he can score touchdowns and he is a game changer. It is going to be big for us.”
Some of the Titans’ top individual receiving performances in recent history have come with Heimerdinger calling the plays.
The last time the franchise had a 1,000-yard receiver was in 2004, when Drew Bennett and Derrick Mason both topped that mark. That capped a string of four straight seasons – all under Heimerdinger – with at least one player who had more than 1,000 receiving yards.
In 2005, Heimerdinger went to the New York Jets and then spent the next two seasons with the Denver Broncos. His second season in Denver, Brandon Marshall blossomed into a 1,300-yard receiver.
Moss has topped 1,000 yards in 10 of his 12 NFL seasons and has averaged 15.6 yards per reception for his career.
“I’m glad Randy is going to be here with us as a Tennessee Titan,” quarterback Vince Young said. “He’s another weapon to add to what we already have, and he’s going to make all of us better on offense. I’m looking forward to getting him here and working with him.”
As for Heimerdinger, well, things won’t be all that different.
“I have been fortunate to work with a number of very talented receivers in my time in the league and Randy is obviously one of the best of all time, so I am looking forward to meeting him and getting him involved in our offense,” Heimerdinger said. “We will plug him in at one spot and get him up to speed at that one position.”