Neither Jabar Gaffney nor Troy Brown was good enough to earn Brady's trust. Instead, Brady had to spread the ball around, hoping for a savior who never came.
So how did the Patriots respond?
Call it Extreme Makeover: New England Edition.
During the offseason, the Patriots signed Eagles star Donté Stallworth and Dolphins wideout Wes Welker. Both players led their respective teams in receiving yards, and Stallworth averaged an impressive 19.1 yards per catch.
And oh by the way—the Patriots also traded for Randy Moss.
Many analysts and Fanatsy experts have openly wondered if Moss can recapture the all-world form he showed in Minnesota...or if he'll be the same mediocre player he was in Oakland.
The answer probably lies somewhere in the middle.
Though Moss won't be the disaster he was in Oakland, his glory days are over. That said, he's still a threat.
Many opponents are already drawing up defenses to contain Moss, which is exactly what the Patriots want. With the focus on Randy, Stallworth and Welker will be free to wreak havoc.
Don't be surprised if Stallworth becomes Brady's go-to man instead of Moss, or if the Pats utilize trips receiver sets to get Welker on the field.
In any event, Moss will be a critical element for New England Patriots, just not the way he wanted. If you're a Fantasy owner, don't expect Moss to put up huge numbers. Instead, look for Stallworth to post the stats that Brady and the rest of the Patriots need to go all the way in 2007.