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Harbaugh claims Moss is Niners best receiver

Randy Moss

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss runs during NFL football practice at the team’s training facility in Santa Clara, Calif., Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)


49ers coach Jim Harbaugh may think that Michael Crabtree has the best hands Harbaugh has ever seen, but when the rest of the package is considered another receiver lands higher than Crabtree on the team’s current pecking order.

Rich Gannon of SiriusXM NFL Radio says that Harbaugh claims Moss is the team’s “best receiver right now,” according to Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News.

And I’m not sufficiently diabolical to doubt Harbaugh’s honesty on that point.

Gannon also shared a communication Harbaugh had with Moss, before Moss became a member of the 49ers in March.

“At the end of the meeting, Randy turned to Jim Harbaugh and said, ‘Coach, what do you want me to do, what can I do for you?’” Gannon said. “And Jim looked at him and said, ‘For starters I’d like you to sit in the front row of my meetings.’

“He said by doing that it’s brought guys like Crabtree, who’d hang out in the back, and some of these other young guys, now they’re sitting up front with Randy Moss. They don’t have the hoodies on anymore. They’re alert. They’re paying attention. Randy’s taking notes. Every meeting that coach has had, Randy Moss has been sitting in the front row.”

Gannon added that Randy is “trying to do the right things” and “trying to be a leader” by setting a “good example for these young players.”

One thing Randy has yet to do is talk to the media. Apart from his introductory conference call, he has had nothing to say. Eventually, he’ll face fines if he continues to refuse to speak.

Either way, his actions could be far louder than anything he says (or doesn’t say) to anyone in 2012.