The Tennessee Titans added veteran wide receiver Eric Moulds to the team's roster recently, and he is expected to compete for a starting gig.
Moulds brings some much-needed veteran experience to the Titans' roster at the wide receiver position. After spending his first 10 seasons with the Buffalo Bills, Moulds was one and out with the Houston Texans last season. During his year there, he started 16 games, catching 57 passes for 557 yards and one touchdown as the team's No. 2 receiver opposite Andre Johnson.
The Titans' receivers have raised a lot of questions so far this offseason in regards to whether they are talented enough for quarterback Vince Young to succeed with. Receiver Brandon Jones is the only projected starter for the Titans, but don't discount Moulds from entering the starting lineup for Week 1. At very worst, Moulds gives the team's young receivers a veteran ear to chew on for tips, and he should see time in three-receiver sets.
Moulds appears to have significantly lost a step, but being a No. 2 receiver with a talented player on the rise, like Jones, opposite him could help his cause. Moulds won't be asked to carry the team, in all likelihood, but he should be capable of being a viable contributor.
Table: Eric Moulds - Receiving Statistics (2004-06)
A steady decline in Moulds' yards-per-reception average indicates he may very well be over the hill, and you can be sure his best days are behind him. Any improvement upon his statistics from 2006 should be considered gravy.
Fantasy players shouldn't go crazy and start reconstructing their draft board for Moulds, of course. He is no better than a weak No. 4 receiver with limited upside. By "limited upside," we mean just a negligible hair above none whatsoever. In the last seven seasons, he has scored more than five touchdowns just once (10 in 2002, which was his most productive season as a pro). He is, however, capable of providing a solid set of hands for the clutch, possession receiver role.
To make matters worse, Young is just that - young. His inexperience will likely limit the potential of his receivers, so there is little here for fantasy players to be enthusiastic about.
The effect this will have on Jones is probably more notable than what Moulds can contribute. If opposing defenses are unable to key in on Jones solely, he could be in for a pretty decent season. Don't expect much more than him being a No. 4 fantasy receiver with a boatload of upside, however. He probably is at least a year away from realizing his upside due to the shakiness at quarterback and in the running game.
As training camp plays out, Moulds will likely end up cracking the starting lineup if he can build a solid rapport with Young and pick up the offense quickly. Even then, keep your expectations low as he's someone you would target late in your draft, if at all.
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