PITTSBURGH — Dane Jackson got Mossed, and he knows it.
Mossed is a term used to describe when an otherwise-covered receiver elevates to make an athletic catch over the head of a defensive back.
It was coined in reference to NFL Hall of Famer Randy Moss’ propensity for making defensive backs look foolish and he’s taken that ball and run with it as a member of the ESPN studio crew for Monday Night Football.
As part of the pregame show, Moss picks three plays from the previous weekend that exemplified the term, and the catch that North Carolina receiver Anthony Ratliff-Williams made over Jackson in the first quarter of Pitt’s 38-35 loss last Saturday was one of the three that made the cut this past week.
Here’s the film of the offense:
Jackson said he was watching the Steelers game when the saw himself, and he didn’t disagree with the characterization.
“I mean, hey, it’s a learning process right there,” he said with a smile. “Me, my mom and my little sister had a good joke about it. We were all watching the game together. I’ll try to redeem myself.”
Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi said on Saturday that he though Jackson had good coverage on the play.
“He’s right there. He got his hand under the ball. It’s great coverage. You can’t have better coverage than what he did there.”
“I thought it was good coverage,” Jackson added on Tuesday. “Maybe if I turned the other way, it’s a different story.”
Jackson did everything right and still ended up getting singled out on national television. That’s the life of a defensive back sometimes. That’s what Mossing is all about.