Catching up with … Dale Moss

Opportunity continues to knock for former South Dakota State receiver (and guard) Dale Moss, the Brandon Valley grad this week signing with the Carolina Panthers. It’s his fourth NFL home in a year.

While not ideal, it’s an indication that people in the league are intrigued by and/or believe in him. Many guys get only one shot.

"I’m understanding the way the league is," Moss said. "Sometimes you can be doing everything right and things don’t work out in your favor. I think it’s helping me work on things because some of the situations I was in before I thought were really good ones and some surprising things happened. That’s how it goes when you’re new to the league, and there’s a lot of money and stuff involved.
"It’s tough sometimes. I was just happy for this opportunity and am going to make the most of it."

During a three-day stay in Carolina, Moss met with team officials, picked up his playbook and began burning through game film. He said the Panthers run an offense that’s not overly similar to Green Bay, Chicago or Tampa - his other homes - in part because QB Cam Newton is running threat.

Moss flew back to Sioux Falls on Wednesday before driving to Minneapolis. He’ll work out there and in Alabama - in both cases with other NFL players - leading up to reporting to training camp July 21.

"I feel good," Moss said. "I feel more explosive than last year at this time for sure."

That’s because he’s up to 218 pounds. He’s also grown a fraction of an inch, claiming to be 6-foot-4 without shoes. Every little bit helps when trying to stick on the 52-man roster. Carolina has 13 receivers on its roster, but five of them are considered first-year guys.

"I think it’s a good situation from the standpoint that they’ve only got a few guys that are really a lock to make the roster at certain spots," Moss said. "It gives me a lot of opportunity. I’m going there to make the roster, but regardless they’re a team that tries to keep guys around and bring them up (from the practice squad) rather than bring in guys." 

Terry Vandrovec also posts regular updates on his Twitter page.