Mike Evans says Randy Moss can still play in NFL

For the second time in as many weeks, Randy Moss’s name has been brought up in conversation by a young, ascending wide receiver.

They repeat: There’s gas left in the 38-year-old tank.

During Thursday’s debut of his new show on the team’s radio network, Buccaneers wideout Mike Evans indicated that Moss can still play in the NFL.

“If he really wanted to [return to the NFL], I don’t know if he does or not, if he really gave it a crack, I think it would be pretty good,” Evans said of Moss, per JoeBucsFan.com. “He still has that explosion. He was beating me in 10 yard starts, you know. Yeah, and Terrelle Pryor, and Josh Gordon, Leon Washington, he’s beatin’ us. We’ll win some, too. But he’s winning.”

Days before the season opener, Saints second-year receiver Brandin Cooks said Moss “could step on the field today, this Sunday, and I bet you he could probably go for a 100 yards.”

Evans, who trained with Moss in the offseason, admitted the former Vikings great is quicker off the line of scrimmage than he is. No surprise there; Evans isn’t known for his speed, Moss … well, was. The old man’s legendary wheels remain intact, apparently.

Moss hasn’t caught a NFL pass since 2012 — his one-and-done year with the 49ers — and now works comfortably as a commentator for FOX Sports. Talks of a potential comeback flared this preseason, when Moss was broached about returning to the game. He’s keeping the door open.

“I actually have not lost the itch,” Moss said in August. “I’ve been working out with a few guys over the offseason. I have been retired for the last two years, but you never know, Curt. But it’s the love of the game that I still have inside of me.”

There’s little question that Moss, a future Hall of Famer, probably still could give defenders a run for their money. Even if it’s only a literal run. But that doesn’t mean he, you know, should. All 32 teams agree (and have agreed), even if Evans and Cooks don’t.

Zack Kelberman
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