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Role Randy Moss plays with 49ers is one Steelers could use with Plaxico Burress in 2013

Burress Steelers Randy Moss created a stir at Super Bowl media today in New Orleans telling the media he’s the greatest receiver to ever play the game.
“I don’t really live on numbers, I really live on impact and what youre able to do out on the field. I really think I’m the greatest receiver to ever play this game. “Now that I’m older, I do think I’m the greatest receiver to ever do it,” Moss said at Super Bowl media day in New Orleans.
Moss sure isn’t the greatest receiver of all-time but he might have been the most feared receiver of all-time.
That brings me to the Steelers for next season.
The Steelers at the wide receiver position are going to get weaker with Mike Wallace’s expected departure. Antonio Brown is a very good receiver but isn’t a big touchdown guy and Emmanuel Sanders is best served as a No. 3. Wallace who was a whipping boy among the fan base is going to be a big lost.
When I look at Randy Moss’ role with the 49ers this season, I look at Plaxico Burress being able to fill that type of role with the Steelers in 2013.
Moss had just 28 receptions for 434 yards and three touchdowns in the regular season for the NFC champion 49ers, followed by five receptions for 71 yards in two playoff games so far.
But, what San Francisco people will tell you about Moss is that while he’s nothing more than a complementary receiver at his age, he still has that fear factor about him and the opposition has to be aware of when he’s on the field because of his size.
The Steelers have that in Burress who would be perfect in a Moss type role next season. What we saw from Burress in his most extensive action vs Cleveland in the season finale is he still drew the attention of the Browns who had top cornerback Joe Haden covering him at nearly every opportunity and what the Steelers coaches saw on tape was Ben being extremely comfortable in looking Burress’s way, a big target. Whether Burress returns next season, we’re months from finding out but there’s definitely a needed role available for him if the Steelers go that route.

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