Moss had minimal effect in Titans debut

Former Vikings receiver Randy Moss had only one catch for 26 yards in his first game with the Titans, a loss, but they still said they were impressed with a couple facets of his game.

The Titans didn't get the major immediate impact from WR Randy Moss that they were hoping for.

Moss had just one catch for 26 yards in Sunday's loss to Miami, his debut for Tennessee.

Titans quarterbacks Kerry Collins and Vince Young threw just four passes Moss' way, but after the game, Moss said he just wanted to help the team win and was OK with his role. The Titans lost 29-17 to the Miami Dolphins.

Titans coach Jeff Fisher said on Monday that there were a couple of situations where Moss was open but not thrown to.

"I think there were a couple of situations where we could have gotten the ball to him. But that's always the case as you look at a game," Fisher said. "There's gonna be different options. Moss impressed the Titans with his blocking and his ability to immerse himself into the offense and handle a full-time role.

"Mike (Heimerdinger) didn't have any issues. Initially early in the week, we felt like we might just have a package. That in itself is gonna be a challenge for Mike, going to that package, the Randy package. But by the end of the week, he didn't need to do that," Fisher said. "It speaks volumes for what Randy was able to learn."

  • Whether it was the arrival of Moss or just a new wrinkle, the Titans unveiled a new personnel grouping against the Dolphins on Sunday. It consisted of having no tight ends on the field, and instead going with three receivers (Randy Moss, Nate Washington and Justin Gage) along with running back Chris Johnson and fullback Ahmard Hall.

    "We had seen a couple of teams that had had a great deal of success with that formation, and that's what we do in this league. It's a copy-cat league, and when you see someone in this league have success, you try to incorporate that in your game plan," Hall said.

    The Titans got the idea apparently from seeing the Green Bay Packers have success with the formation.


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