Titans sign Veteran WR Eric Moulds to Bolster WR Position

Story:  As Training Camp is upon us (started already for Mouldssome teams), their still are many “Fresh Faces” in Different Places to report about.  Free agents are still waiting to be signed, as teams scramble to pick up players that could contribute this season, filling holes or patching up glaring weaknesses on the depth chart.  Many teams are looking for veterans to come in ready to produce right away and bring more than just talent to the table – as we have with this following story:  The Tennessee Titans agreed to terms with veteran wide receiver Eric Moulds, acquiring some much needed experience to the WR position for quarterback Vince Young.  Moulds the former All-Pro Buffalo Bill and Houston Texans’ WR will be counted on as a reliable target, and will have every chance to become Vince Young’s favorite as the #1 pass catcher on offense next to TE Ben Troupe.  “Eric is a proven and productive receiver in this league,” general manager Mike Reinfeldt said in a statement. “He provides us a big target with sure hands and his veteran leadership is a valuable addition to our receiving corps.”  The 11-year veteran spent 2006 with Houston after playing for Buffalo his first 10 seasons in the NFL. He has caught at least 67 passes in each of his last nine seasons, which is more than anyone caught for Tennessee in 2006.

Outlook:  With David Givens still recovering from a torn ACL, Moulds will instantly improve the WR spot and make an impact (experience veteran with good hands) for the receiving group where Brandon Jones and Roydell Williams, a pair of draft picks going into their third season, currently are being projected as starters.  Moulds should provide the Tennessee Titans with a strong red zone option and give the team a solid third-down possession WR.  It remains to be seen if he still has the speed like he did back in the day, flying high with Buffalo, bringing a boost to the Titans as a deep-threat presence in the passing attack for Vince Young.  He also will be a mentor towards they inexperienced, young WR’s of Tennessee and help them tap into their potential, giving them pointers and advice on route running, catching, and over the middle toughness.   “We got a lot of guys that are going to be good weapons but at the same time I think my job is to come in here and compete for a job and at the same time try to help those guys get better and help the team get better,” Moulds told WZTV-TV in Nashville.  The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Moulds has started 149 of his 170 career games and has 732 career receptions for 9,653 yards and 49 touchdowns. He needs 347 yards receiving to become the 26th player in NFL history with 10,000 career yards.  Assistant coach Fred Graves, hired by the Titans earlier this year to coach the receivers, worked with Moulds from 2001-03. Moulds had a career-best 100 catches and 10 touchdowns in 2002.  Moulds is now 34 years old and the four-time Pro-Bowl selection will surprise people around the league and bring productivity with consistency to a Titans offense that is lacking in those areas of need.

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