- KC Joyner, NFL Insider
If there is a consensus among fans as to the impact that a potential Randy Moss trade will have on the New England Patriots' offense, it is that New England is making a huge mistake. Without Moss, the Patriots' wide receiver corps consists of Wes Welker, Julian Edelman, Brandon Tate, Matt Slater and Taylor Price. In other words, two really good possession receivers and a bunch of unproven pass catchers behind them.
While it is certainly true not having Moss means that the New England offense will lack a true vertical threat, before chalking this move up as an error driven by office politics, it is useful to remember the last time New England and Minnesota squared off on a football field; that matchup provided what is likely a blueprint for how the Patriots can thrive in an offense sans Moss.
If Randy Moss is gone from Beantown, the Pats must be doomed, right? Wes Welker and a bunch of no-names? Not so, says KC Joyner. In fact, if you look at a Week 8 Pats game from 2006, you'll learn all you need to about Bill Belichick's ability to adjust to his offensive personnel.