After admiring his talents from afar, the Titans are eager to see Randy Moss up close - and in a Tennessee uniform.
As they closed out their bye week work on Thursday and await Moss' Monday arrival, players and coaches alike sounded excited to add Moss - whom they claimed off waivers from the Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday.
Thursday's practice was closed to the media, and reaction to Moss' acquisition was distributed via the Titans' media relations staff.
“I was really excited about the signing,” fullback Ahmard Hall said. “Randy Moss is a legend in this game, and the Titans aren’t really known for making too many big splashes. I think it’s going to bring a lot of energy to this town, a lot of energy to this team.”
Running back Chris Johnson, who has faced plenty of eight-man fronts this season, figures to benefit as much as anyone from Moss' arrival. He, too, recalled watching Moss on TV as a youngster and appears honored to have the chance to be a teammate of the 33-year-old receiver.
“My wish just came true. I’m very excited. That’s a guy we grew up watching,” Johnson said. “We named jump balls after him. When somebody goes up and gets one, it’s named after him. We call it ‘getting a Moss.’ So I’m very excited about the situation, to play with a guy like that, and I’m very excited that he’ll back some of those guys out of the box. I know for a fact they can’t put all those guys in the box with that guy out there.”
Offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger will be charged with quickly getting Moss up to speed with the Titans offense and is already formulating that plan.
“We will plug him in at one spot and get him up to speed at that one position. I think he fits well into what we want to do as an offense and doesn’t require us to change anything,” Heimerdinger 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 a competitive and smart football player.”
The acquisition of Moss helps to offset the loss of Kenny Britt. TitanInsider reported Wednesday night that Britt could need six to eight weeks to recuperate from the hamstring injury he suffered in Sunday's loss at San Diego.
The man who will be responsible for getting the football to Moss, quarterback Vince Young, is excited as well about his newest teammate.
“I’m glad Randy is going to be here with us as a Tennessee Titan,” 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.”
That seemed to be nearly a unanimous feeling in the locker room Thursday, as the Titans are ready to welcome Moss, who has had his troubles at other stops, to the team.
“I feel like he will be a great addition to this team. He will fit right in,” linebacker Gerald McRath said. “Just watching him, he has respect around the league. I’m grateful and happy that I have a chance to work with him.”