South Dakota Native Prepares For NFL Season
NFL Training Camps are underway, with the opening regular season weekend roughly six weeks away. South Dakota State grad and Brandon native Dale Moss is entering his second year with the league. He is currently a member of the Carolina Panthers organization.
Moss is competing these next couple weeks to make the team as a wide receiver with the Panthers. He was was originally signed by the Green Bay Packers in 2012 but in the last year he has spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears. Moss says he feels a lot more confident and comfortable since he is no longer a league rookie.
"I think overall I'm just way more relaxed. You know, I've been around for a year and the difference between last year and this year is night and day difference. You know, I've bounced around a little bit but if anything I've learned a lot and just coming into this situation I think it's a great situation for me and a great opportunity," Moss says.
Moss says he is always looking at perfecting his skills to be the best he can be. He says his hard work ethic in the past has already left positive impressions on coaches and staff.
"I would say just knowledge of the game, that's something that I constantly want to work on but I feel like each place I've been at I've impressed teams with how quick I pick up an offense and how much I know. And then just technique and everything like that is something I always want to continue working on," Moss says.
Moss spent five years at South Dakota State. Four of those years he spent playing basketball but his fifth year he joined the football team and really opened a lot of eyes. The performance he showed in his one year of play with SDSU football was enough to put him in competition with other NFL receivers. Moss says he is excited for the future but he appreciates all the support he gets from his hometown area in southeast South Dakota.
"You know, great friends and family and support from everyone back home and from that area; it really means a lot to me. I just gotta handle what I can here and just be confident in what I'm capable of doing so yeah, it'll all take care of itself," Moss says.
Moss says the competition with the Panthers is really exciting for the wide receiver position. He says it is a great challenge and opportunity.