Brooks' mobility will buy Moss more time

With mobile QB Aaron Brooks now leading the Raiders' offense, WR Randy Moss figures to catch more deep balls.

Updated: July 11, 2006, 5:20 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Wide Receiver
Oakland Raiders

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2005 SEASON STATISTICS
Rec Yds TD Avg Long YAC
60 1005 8 16.8 79 154
Randy Moss says the groin injury that hampered him last season is feeling better, and he believes the healthy legs of Aaron Brooks could make him the game's most dangerous deep threat once again. Moss caught only eight passes that traveled 21 yards or longer last season from Kerry Collins, who isn't mobile. Moss says Brooks' mobility will buy the Raiders' time for him to get deep and catch the 14 or 15 long passes he grew accustomed to with the Vikings.

Value plus: The Giants drafted Sinorice Moss to give Eli Manning a speedy, deep threat. However, Moss' real value to Manning could be the quick, short pass. Moss' quickness into routes convinced coach Tom Coughlin to add hitch passes and wide receiver screens into the offense during minicamp. Manning's biggest mission is to improve his 52.8 completion percentage.

Great timing: Linebacker Ahmad Brooks, dismissed from the University of Virginia football team in late March, has raised his stock for Thursday's supplemental draft by losing 32 pounds and increasing workouts. In 10 weeks, Brooks went on a diet to drop from 292 to 260 pounds. Then, in the past two weeks, Brooks worked out four hours a day at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia. Once projected as a possible first-round pick in the regular draft, Brooks is hopeful he'll go in the first three rounds of the supplemental draft.

Short-term goals: Broncos running back Tatum Bell is hitting the weights after coach Mike Shanahan told him he didn't run hard enough on short-yardage and goal-line plays. Bell averaged 5.3 yards a carry in each of his first two seasons, but his average in short-yardage runs has been only slightly more than 2 yards a carry. By improving his short-yardage runs, Bell can satisfy his long-term mission of beating out Ron Dayne as Shanahan's go-to back.

John Clayton is a senior writer for ESPN.com.

John Clayton

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