So far, so good. Real good, in fact.
To a man, sources on the Bay area scene agree that future Hall of Famer Randy Moss couldn’t be making a better impression in the early stages of the Niners’ offseason after a one-year layoff.
“You can still see the Hall of Fame skills,” one team insider said of the 35-year-old Moss. “At times, he’s been unstoppable (as was the case on his nifty TD grab on a crossing pattern in a two-minute drill at the end of Wednesday’s mandatory minicamp practice), and he has very much quickly become the leader of the receiving corps. He sits in the front row in team meetings, takes notes and is extremely smart. He still has that major star power, and his teammates definitely recognize that.”
So does Niners offensive coordinator Greg Roman.
“He has really been as good as you can possibly ask for in terms of being totally engrossed in football,” Roman said. “He’s a throwback. … He’s got his family and football and his faith, and that’s what he’s all about. And it’s been great watching the players interact, the quarterbacks interact, the receivers interact with him. And we’ll all be better because of it.”
The consensus seems to be that the Niners’ overall WR corps is a whole lot better than it was last season. Two other pass catchers drawing particularly rave reviews up to now are Michael Crabtree, who has been thriving in his first full injury-free offseason with the team, and Kyle Williams, who has been an eye-opening force in the slot.
“They (the wide receivers) are going to have to be a lot better; there’s no way the defense is going to be as amazing as it was last year,” the insider said.