Former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss is saying all the right things, despite his minimal use in Sunday night’s win over the Detroit Lions. Now Moss will return to the place that drafted him and return to the place that cast him out during his second stint with the Vikings in 2010.
Moss was drafted by then-Vikings coach Denny Green and spent his first seven seasons in Minnesota and became a star there. In six of those seasons, Moss never gained less than 1,200 yards receiving and became an unstoppable deep threat.
The Vikings also became the first team to release Moss after the New England Patriots traded him to Minnesota for a third-round choice in 2010. Supposedly feeling spurned by the Pats, Moss butted heads with the media and the Vikings were eventually fined $25,000 because Moss refused to fulfill his media obligation to speak twice a week.
Moss, infamously, yelled at a caterer, saying he wouldn’t feed the food to his dog and was eventually released by then-coach Brad Childress.
It was probably the worst chapter in Moss’ career and now he goes back to Minnesota for the first time since then.
Moss anticipates cheers and boos Sunday afternoon.
“One thing about places and boos is, obviously you’re doing something right,” Moss said. “So I just hang my hat on that. You hear the applause. Of course you do, and you hear the boos. But I think the boos, just being negative, put more pressure on you to go out and hush that noise up. I look forward to hearing both.”
But how much will Moss be used? Will he get enough opportunities to silence the Metrodome crowd?
Asked if he was concerned about the number of plays he was going to get, Moss said, “No, I’m not. Next question.”
NOTES: Outside linebacker Eric Bakhtiari beat out former Charger Shawn Merriman for a roster spot. Bakhtiari was signed as the third outside linebacker following the announcement of a three-game suspension for Clark Haggans. ... Receiver Ted Ginn Jr. engaged in his second day of practice Thursday, but was limited. ... Running back Brandon Jacobs (knee) did not practice Thursday. ... Safety Dashon Goldson couldn’t work out a long-term deal with the 49ers and is playing on a one-year franchise contract of $6 million. So far, he’s outplaying his contract with 14 tackles, a pass defended, a hit on the quarterback and an interception. ... Defensive end Ray McDonald already has nine quarterback pressures this season. ... Running back Frank Gore needs one more rushing attempt (1,686) to surpass Roger Craig for the most in team history.