Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRE
Coach Jim Harbaugh has been very public with his praise of Randy Moss this offseason, but the veteran wideout made little impact in his preseason debut in San Francisco.
In fact, Moss not only failed to record a catch, but was not even targeted against Minnesota.
I understand not letting the cat out of the bag in the first game of the season—especially considering the recent revelation that the team plans to use Moss for only 20-25 snaps per game (via NFL.com).
However, this is a 35-year-old player that did not suit up at all last season. Last we saw of Randy Moss, he was a little more than a decoy for the Tennessee Titans—a shadow of his former self.
Moss doesn't have to shoot upfield for a 50-yard touchdown against the Texans, but it would be nice to see him catch a pass. If nothing more, it would be reassuring to see that he can still get open against an NFL defense, outside of a team practice.
In the likely event, though, that Moss is again kept under wraps, there is still plenty of other wide receiver action to watch. Undrafted free agent Chris Owusu impressed in the opener, and it will be interesting to see who else steps up in what looks to be a bitter fight for roster spots.
Either way, the 49ers will have a tough decision when it comes to final cuts at the wide receiver position.