It’s good to see a veteran receiver signed up by the Titans. At first, I wasn’t really thrilled when I found out the veteran in question was Eric Moulds. Jeff Fisher said this spring the Titans weren’t interested in him. I noted then that Moulds had played for Titans receivers coach Fred Graves in Buffalo and wondered if Graves had anything to do with that opinion.
I felt better after hearing some good things about Moulds from The Houston Chronicle‘s John McClain, a NFL Insider and Hall of Fame selection committee member. Moulds caught 57 passes last year, his lowest total since 1997, and McClain said that was because David Carr stopped throwing him the ball.
The 57 receptions were for an average of only 9.8 yards, a career low, but there’s a reason for that too. Carr has taken so much punishment that he’s become gun-shy, as Titans fans have witnessed over the years. He’s abandoned the vertical game in favor of quick, short passes, which doesn’t translate into a high yards per catch average. Andre Johnson had only 11.1 yards per catch and much of it was run after catch yardage. Moulds’ career average is 13.2 yards, a much more respectable number.
Other career numbers include over 700 receptions for nearly 10,000 yards, which should merit serious consideration for the Hall of Fame, though it would be questionable if he makes it.
I like something else McClain said about Moulds, that he worked well with the Texans’ young wideouts last year, and should do the same in Tennessee. He said having Moulds mentor the young ‘uns was like having another coach.
Of course, the best thing about his addition is what he should be able to do for Vince Young, giving him a dependable, reliable veteran target. I hope they’re able to get a lot of good work in together in training camp.
Moulds certainly makes the Titans overall receiving numbers look better.