Randy Moss: Bills must upgrade their passing offense
updated 3:06 PM , January 29, 2014
NEW YORK -- Stevie Johnson had no problem catching Randy Moss' attention years ago.
"I remember one game where he tore Darrelle Revis' head completely off," Moss told me Tuesday at the Super Bowl media center in Manhattan. "He had Revis spinning in circles.
"I said to myself, 'Man, this guy is good.' So I've always followed Stevie Johnson."
Johnson had his worst season since he became a starter. After three straight 1,000-yard seasons, unprecedented for a Buffalo Bills receiver, he caught 52 passes for 597 yards and three touchdowns.
He missed the final two games because of his mother's death. Back, groin and hip injuries besieged him throughout the year.
Given that Moss is a receiver connoisseur, I asked for his thoughts on Johnson's season and how he fits in the Bills' offense. Without mentioning anybody by name, Moss didn't sound too impressed with the Bills' passing offense as a whole.
"With Stevie Johnson, it's easy to game plan for them because he's all they got," said Moss, a future Hall of Famer now working for Fox Sports. "You can take one receiver out of the game. He can be taken out of the game.
"Stevie Johnson needs some help. He's a good receiver, and he picks his game up every year. He's still learning. But until you get him some help there, you're not going to need to hear much out of Stevie Johnson."
Rookie receivers Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin showed promise. Woods had 40 catches for 587 yards and three touchdowns. Goodwin was electric, but frequently injured. Goodwin made only 17 receptions for 283 yards but did score three times.
Of the Bills' top five pass-catchers, Johnson and Woods were the only wide receivers. Tight end Scott Chandler led the team with 53 catches. Running backs Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller ranked third and fifth.
"This is not a one-receiver league no more, or really a two-receiver league," Moss said. "You've got to have three out there."