Moss Lets Go Of Rage

Former Viking Randy Moss hasn't been a training camp distraction in Oakland. He says he's no longer hurt by perceived slights in the past and feels good about the Raiders' offense.

It is widely believed WR Randy Moss has arrived in Oakland harboring a grudge against the Vikings because they traded him.

There is even a school of thought that says he will respond the way he did in his rookie year — bound by rage.

He wasn't drafted until well after his skills would have suggested because of fear he was a loose cannon of sorts. A total of 20 teams passed on him until Minnesota made him the 21st pick.

There is no denying it was a humiliating experience for him and the rookie output that followed, 69 catches for 1,313 yards and 17 touchdowns in 11 starts, was performed with steam coming out of his ears.

"My approach my rookie year was more of hurt and frustration setting in," he said. Now, though, he says "that's not my approach. It's more what I've done throughout my seven year career. I just want to continue to do that. That's what I'm motivated on doing ... to keep it going."

Moss does want to prove, though, that the Raiders aren't getting him on a downside spiral.

"My best football days, I think, are ahead of me," he said in his first interview of training camp. "Being in Minnesota, despite a lot of things that I could do, the offense didn't allow it.

"Being in coach Norv Turner's offense is something that I'm very, very excited about. In this offense, I have a lot more flexibility to go out and run different routes. I'm very excited to be in this offense. I think we're going to have a lot of things that are going to be good."


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