Around the NFC West: Moss' humble roots

Around the NFC West: Nov. 15, 2012

A couple items stand out this morning as ones to address off the top:

  • Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com traveled to Randy Moss' hometown of Rand, W. Va., to profile the San Francisco 49ers' receiver. The first part of his report includes video featuring interviews with Moss and one of the receiver's longtime friends. Moss grew up hanging around a 7-Eleven known to locals as "Rand University" because most figured they would never get any further than the lot on which the convenience store stood, and still stands. Moss: "Really, all I'm saying is, we did a lot of gambling, there was a lot of drug activity, there was a lot of things going on at 7-Eleven. And if you come to Rand, W. Va., that's really all we can stand on is a 7-Eleven. I mean, you name it, it's probably been done on that lot." Moss' friend said the area has improved quite a bit since then.

  • Meanwhile, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has details on why Rams coach Jeff Fisher punished rookies Janoris Jenkins and Chris Givens by preventing them from playing against the 49ers in Week 10. He cites sources saying Jenkins, Givens and defensive linemen Kellen Heard either missed curfew or showed up late to a meeting after a night of partying. Heard was released from the team. Jenkins and Givens, as promising draft choices, will get another chance. Both have resumed practicing with the team. Both are expected to play against the New York Jets.

I'll be back in a bit with a piece tying up loose ends from the Rams-49ers game.