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Moss's Return Gives Offense a Lift


Last Sunday's game in Seattle marked Santana Moss's return to action since he broke his hand against the Panthers in Week 7.

Despite the long layoff, Moss was pleased with how sharp he felt back on the field.

"I felt great to be back out there," the veteran wide receiver said. "I felt like I didn't really miss a beat when it comes to my wind and everything that caught up on me but when it came to the game I feel like I didn't miss a beat."

His rapport with quarterback Rex Grossman didn't miss a beat either. Moss was targeted three times on the opening drive, catching two passes for first downs. The drive ended in the first opening-drive touchdown this season.

"I'm going to build every day, and just get back to being more polished in everything I do," he said. "Just play my kind of football and not let anything lead me differently."

It's not unreasonable to assume that Moss's return was the catalyst for the first 400-yard offensive performance since Week 2 -- but his stats were rather modest.

Moss managed only four receptions for 29 yards and didn't draw double-coverage for most of the day.

But offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan credited his presence for adding a swagger to the offense.

"I think he gives everybody more confidence," Shanahan said. "Any time you lose some of your best players and you get some of those guys back, guys are obviously going to feel more confident going into a game. When Santana was out there, I think it makes everyone more confident."

Moss said that he's focused on his own performance, and couldn't speak to his effect on other players.

"All I'm doing is running, trying to beat my guy," he said. "Whether I get two or three guys watching me then that's a plus for us."

Moss credits the team's acquisition of more playmakers this offseason for opening up the offensive attack, particularly in the passing game.

"I've been the guy for so many years, to where it got hard for me to do anything. I had guys just making sure I didn't have a chance to get open," he said. "It's kind of cool to have those other guys like Fred [Davis], and Jabar Gaffney and [Donte] Stallworth, because all those guys can come in and make plays."

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