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Like Father, Like Son: Cowboys Could Regret not Drafting TE Thaddeus Moss

Thaddeus Moss could be Jason Witten’s successor with the Cowboys.

When it comes to Randy Moss and the Dallas Cowboys, it’s a cautionary tale of what could’ve been. It’s arguably one of Jerry Jones’ biggest draft regrets, passing on Randy Moss in the 1998 NFL Draft and selecting Greg Ellis instead. It’s an oversight that has haunted him and the Cowboys for years and could repeat itself if they pass on former LSU Tight End Thaddeus Moss this year.

Thaddeus Moss, son of Randy, is arguably one of the top, if not the top, TE in the 2020 NFL Draft. With Jason Witten more than likely retiring and the unknown starting potential of Blake Jarwin, the Dallas Cowboys could be in the market for a new TE1, and the former LSU Tiger definitely fits the bill.

Thaddeus Moss is already garnering quite a bit of attention around Cowboys Nation. A lot of that has to do with the way he finished his collegiate career in the NCAA National Championship game, but his skill set and productivity throughout college is just as noteworthy. He will surely be linked to the Dallas Cowboys, especially considering how Randy Moss made them pay throughout his career for passing on him in 1998.

Don’t believe me? The Dallas Cowboys are 0-7 against Randy Moss and he has torched them for a total of 734 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns in those seven games. Here’s a brief breakdown of those seven games…

Vikings 46, Cowboys 36 (November 26, 1998): With Deion Sanders out with a sprained big toe, a past his prime Kevin Smith and Kenny Wheaton were forced to cover Randy Moss in a Thanksgiving shootout. The rookie caught only three passes, but all went for touchdowns of 51, 56, and 56 yards.

Vikings 27, Cowboys 17 (November 8, 1999): The Vikings were able to come back from a 17 point deficit thanks to in large part Randy Moss’ receiving skills. He hauled in six passes for 91 yards and two touchdowns and once again got the better of the Cowboys. Although, it didn’t help both Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith were knocked out of the game midway through the third quarter.

Vikings 27, Cowboys 10 (January 9, 2000): In the NFC Wild Card game and Chan Gailey’s last as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, Randy Moss caught five passes for 127 yards and a touchdown. He caught a 58 yard bomb right before halftime that gave the Vikings the lead and they never looked back.

Vikings 27, Cowboys 15 (November 23, 2000): Randy Moss ruined another Thanksgiving for the Dallas Cowboys at Texas Stadium. In this matchup he caught seven passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns.

Vikings 35, Cowboys 17 (September 12, 2004): After making Randy Moss the primary focus, the Cowboys were able to hold him to just four catches and 27 yards receiving, but he did score two touchdowns. With the majority of the focus on Moss, QB Daunte Culpepper managed to throw five touchdowns.

Raiders 19, Cowboys 13 (October 2, 2005): This was the only time Randy Moss failed to score a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys. However, he did manage to catch four passes for 123 yards.

Patriots 48, Cowboys 27 (October 14, 2007): In this matchup Randy Moss only caught six passes for 59 yards and a touchdown, but his presence on the field opened things up for the other Patriots WRs. Wes Welker (11-124-2) and Dante Stallworth (7-136-1) ended up killing the Cowboys.

As you can see, Randy Moss has absolutely dominated the Dallas Cowboys over the years. He has made them pay time and time again for not drafting him in 1998. With his father’s blood coursing through his veins, Thaddeus Moss could do the same if the Cowboys don’t draft him. Don’t think for a second that won’t be going through Jerry Jones’ mind come Draft Day.

Like father, like son?

What do you think?

Brian Martin

Written by Brian Martin

Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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  1. There seem to be some quality TEs available. The more I read, the more this would be a GREAT year to trade back for more picks in rounds 2 and 3.

    But what in your mind makes Moss (besides genealogy) a better option than say Pinkney from Vandy or some of the other top TEs?

    • I like Moss, but I’m not as high on him as others. He is one of the more complete TEs in this year’s draft class though. That’s where he really stands out IMO. Personal, I like Adam Trautman (Dayton) and Harrison Bryant (Florida Atlantic) better.

  2. Pathetic that the article is about drafting Thaddeus Moss but there isn’t a mention of any of his statistics or athletic abilities. The whole article is summed up in “We should draft Thaddeus so he’s not mad at us like his dad was.” Is this what journalism is now? Clown

    • Clown!? Come on you can do better than that…

      I don’t know what you were expecting. Nowhere in the title did it suggest this was a scouting report on Thaddeus Moss.

    • I honestly don’t know if Moss would make the Cowboys offense any more explosive than Blake Jarwin. I think on a pure receiving standpoint I’d give the nod to Jarwin.

  3. We passed on T.J. Watt over Taco..Watt Pro Bowl….Second biggest draft mistake besides Moss.
    Moss Sr. wasn’t taken because of Michael Irving’s off field issues, so they passed on Moss Sr.

    This would of saved both Irving’s career as well as Aikemen’s.
    So in hindsight, I say draft Moss! He will be a beast and he and Jarwin can become a bad azz duo.
    Put in an extra lineman on run downs when needed.
    i have spoken

  4. I’m sure he will be a great TE, but I’m more concerned about the defensive side and think we should invest heavily on the defense via the draft. Thoughts? Just so many needs all over.

    • I’m sure the Cowboys draft will lean more towards the defensive side of the ball, but not with every pick. I wouldn’t be surprised if they draft a WR, TE, or OT at some point. I expect them to fill as many holes as possible on defense through free agency that way they don’t have any glaring holes before Draft Day.

  5. There are some quality TEs in this draft but starting to agree with many scouts in that there is not one worth a first or second round pick. Should Dallas draft a TE? I believe so although which one and when is highly debatable. Would love to get Moss in the third but DT and S have to be larger concerns.

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