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November 29, 2007
Same old Randy?

ALAMEDA –- Is the Randy Moss we all knew and many loathed in Oakland showing up in New England.

Check out this quote from ESPN’s Ron Jaworkski, an analyst that played quarterback in the NFL and whose opinion I’ve come to respect over the years.

This was his take on how Moss played in the Patriots’ close win over Philadelphia:

"When I went through the tape, it was the first time that I was personally disappointed in a Randy Moss performance. I did not see the same energy on every single play that I had seen so far this season. When he was the No. 1 go-to guy on a route, he gave great effort and hustle. There were some plays on the back side, when he wasn't the primary receiver, I did not see the great effort. Knowing how the Patriots handle things internally, I'm sure there have been some discussions on Randy, 'Every snap, we need 100 percent out of you.' I thought a few times Tom (Brady) tried to get him involved in the game and tried to force some balls in to him.”

I know the part about effort sounds familiar to fans of Oakland and Minnesota. Perhaps Moss truly is the ultimate frontrunner. When things are good FOR HIM, it’s all good. But if not, he’ll play when he wants to play.

It’ll be something to watch as the Patriots try to go 16-0.

--Jason Jones

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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