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Randy Moss has solid workout with New Orleans

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Randy Moss has solid workout with New Orleans

From Comcast SportsNet
METAIRIE, La. (AP) -- The New Orleans Saints held a workout on Tuesday with veteran receiver Randy Moss, who is trying to make a comeback after spending a year out of pro football. General Manager Mickey Loomis confirmed the workout took place, but the club did not provide any details on how the 35-year-old Moss performed. New Orleans may be in the market for a receiver this offseason because two of quarterback Drew Brees' regular targets, Marques Colston and Robert Meachem, are entering free agency, and it remains to be seen whether the Saints can offer the type of contracts that both of them want. Colston's agent is Joel Segal, who also represents Moss. "Randy had an outstanding workout, as expected," Segal said. "He's in phenomenal shape." The 6-foot-4 Moss last played in the NFL in 2010, a turbulent season for him in which he bounced from New England to Minnesota and then to Tennessee. His best season was with New England in 2007, when he caught 98 passes for 1,493 yards and single-season record 23 touchdowns in helping the Patriots to a 16-0 regular season record. Moss, a standout at Marshall before beginning his NFL career with the Vikings in 1998, has 954 catches for 14,858 yards and 153 TDs in a career that has ranged from the spectacular to the bizarre. Moss has had more than 1,000 yards receiving in a season 10 times, second only to Jerry Rice, who did that 14 times. Yet he also infamously once said, "I play when I want to play," essentially confirming criticism that he periodically took plays off when the ball wasn't coming to him. During the 2010 season, after he had been traded from New England to Minnesota, then played for the Vikings in a loss to the Patriots, he praised New England coach Bill Belichick and criticized Vikings coaches. He released by Minnesota shortly afterward and claimed by Tennessee for the final eight games of the season, but had only six receptions for 80 yards and no TDs for the Titans. Saints coach Sean Payton has often spoken of placing a priority on players' character and limiting off-the-field distractions, but the coach is apparently open to seeing whether Moss can still play, and giving the receiver a chance to persuade him that some of the odd outbursts for which he has been known are a thing of the past.

NHL Draft Profile: D Noah Dobson

NHL Draft Profile: D Noah Dobson

From June 17-21, Charlie Roumeliotis will profile two prospects per day — 10 total (five forwards, five defensemen) — leading up to the NHL Draft.​

Noah Dobson

Position: Defenseman
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 180 pounds
Shoots: Right

Scouting report:

"A very effective two-way defenseman with good puck distribution and a strong shot from the points on the power play. He is a point-producer with size, who defends and utilizes strong positioning and a good stick in the defensive zone."

NHL player comparable: Brent Burns

Fit for Blackhawks:

The Blackhawks lacked defensemen that generated offense last year. They also lacked defenders than can ... defend. Dobson is a player who can do both, and if he slips past Vancouver at No. 7, the Blackhawks may have a difficult decision on their hands.

Dobson could solve some of those defensive issues, but it likely wouldn't be in time for the 2018-19 season. He needs time to develop properly.

The Blackhawks like to evaluate prospects based on what their ceiling is and where they're at in their development curve, and if they see major upside here, they'll go for it. It just depends if there's somebody available that they like better.

NHL Draft Profile: F Jesperi Kotkaniemi

NHL Draft Profile: F Jesperi Kotkaniemi

From June 17-21, Charlie Roumeliotis will profile two prospects per day — 10 total (five forwards, five defensemen) — leading up to the NHL Draft.​

Jesperi Kotkaniemi

Position: Center
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 189 pounds
Shoots: Left

Scouting report:

"Kotkaniemi has been a top-six forward for his league team in Finland all season and had a very solid U18 season relative to his historical peers in the league. He has very good hands that are high-end, if not flashing elite. He can make very skilled plays off an entry, but what impresses me is how well he can control the puck and keep plays alive."

NHL player comparable:

Fit for Blackhawks:

There isn't a player that has climbed the rankings in such a short amount of time than Kotkaniemi, who was initially projected to go outside the top 10 but could go as high as No. 3 overall. It's likely because there aren't many high-end centers in this draft, and he's the top one.

If Kotkaniemi happens to slip to No. 8, it may be hard for the Blackhawks to pass up on him. He's versatile, too, which is always a bonus, especially when playing under Joel Quenneville. But if they view him as a center, here's how the Blackhawks would look down the middle: Jonathan Toews, Nick Schmaltz, Kotkaniemi and Artem Anisimov.

Um, yeah. That'll work.