Donte Whitner knows what Randy Moss can bring to the table all too well.
Whitner matched up against Moss for three seasons when the two were AFC East foes on the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots, respectively. Out of those six contests, Whitner singled out one play during “Monday Night Football” to describe how dangerous Moss can be on a football field.
“Perry Fewell, who’s with the New York Giants now as defensive coordinator, came up with some defense that he thought was going to confuse Tom Brady,” Whitner recalled. “On third and long, we had only two men rushing. Tom Brady stood back there for about 10 seconds and threw an 80-yard touchdown strike in the air. That’s what I remember and we scrapped that defense right after the play.”
Those types of moments were common throughout Moss’ career and Whitner has seen several defensive coordinators look foolish trying to stop him along the way.
“I know what he can do on the football field,” Whitner said. “I know the types of things defenses try to do against him and a lot of stuff doesn’t work.”
Whitner said the biggest challenge for defensive backs can be judging Moss’ speed. At 6-foot-4, Moss tends to take long strides, which make it appear like he’s running slower.
“It’s very deceptive for a safety when you have a guy who’s a long strider,” Whitner said. “As a safety, when you have a guy with that skill level and the things that he can do going up and getting the football, it really makes you nervous.”
Whitner said Moss has already been a positive influence on some of the 49ers younger receivers. The 49ers safety has been working out in the morning group with Moss and Michael Crabtree, who often partner up during drills.
“Whenever you’re doing something where you need a partner, they’re always together,” Whitner said. “They compliment each other on what they’re doing and they compete against each other. They’ve been competing since I walked in. They talk a little smack to each other here and there, but that’s just the competitive nature of two really good football players. They’re going to make each other a lot better.”
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