Stanback can size up T.O., Moss

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Isaiah Stanback didn’t have the benefit of playing his professional position (receiver) much at the college level (where he was a quarterback at Washington), but he’s had one heck of an advantage in playing catch-up.

His first two years in the league, he worked with Terrell Owens. And after being whacked in Dallas, he came to New England, where Randy Moss — a different personality than Owens, but similar to him in that he’s popular with teammates and helpful to younger players — was waiting for him.

“It’s great,” Stanback said. “It was great learning from T.O., I’m still cool with him, so I still got him as a resource. And I’m here with Moss. I don’t think too many guys have the opportunity to work with two of the best that have ever done it.”

He’s also got a different perspective on the two, who will face off again this week. We’ll get that here in a minute. First, a look at the numbers from the two when they go head-to-head:

9/28/03 — Vikings 35, 49ers 7
Moss: 8 catches, 172 yards, 3 touchdowns
Owens: 5 catches, 55 yards, 0 touchdowns

9/20/04 — Eagles 27, Vikings 16
Moss: 8 catches, 69 yards, 1 touchdown
Owens: 4 catches, 79 yards, 1 touchdown

9/24/05 — Eagles 23, Raiders 20
Moss: 5 catches, 86 yards, 0 touchdowns
Owens: 9 catches, 80 yards, 1 touchdown

10/14/07 — Patriots 48, Cowboys 27
Moss: 6 catches, 59 yards, 1 touchdown
Owens: 6 catches, 66 yards, 1 touchdown

9/14/09 — Patriots 25, Bills 24
Moss: 12 catches, 141 yards, 0 touchdowns
Owens: 2 catches, 46 yards, 0 touchdowns

So Stanback has great respect for both guys. Owens has come on of late, where Moss’s numbers have slipped. But the guy who played with both of them sees far more similarities between the two than differences.


Here’s how he looks at it:

“They’re both really experienced obviously,” Stanback said. “They’re both big, both tall, both fast. There’s really not a whole lot of difference between them. They’re both gonna get their catches, they’re both gonna make their big plays. You have to prepare for both of them, can’t lose sight of them.

“They’re different personalities. Randy’s a lot more laid-back during the games. Real chill, doesn’t talk. T.O., he’s gonna let you hear about it. But that’s just him – it’s not in a bad way, he just has a lot of energy during the game. Some guys are like that, other guys are more silent.

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“They both do the same thing: they both frighten the defense. They both have big-play opportunities, and you have to prepare for them, you have to be aware of them. But also, they allow for other guys to continue to make plays.”