Randy Moss earning a new respect with his blocking skills

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Randy Moss isn’t making as many highlight reels as he used to.

But that doesn’t mean he’s not making plays.

His 49ers teammates are impressed and amazed by the veteran wide receiver’s blocking ability, something that’s always been obscured his penchant for big-play catches.

Last week, he had a 47-yard touchdown. But he’s had plenty of those. The block he dropped on Cardinals safety Kerry Rhodes which released Michael Crabtree for a 30-yard catch-and-run earned him respect.

I’ve never seen him do that before,” running back Anthony Dixon said, via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com. “You saw what it did to our sideline. It inspired everybody to see him do that.”

Moss has said part of the reason he enjoys being with the 49ers is learning a new way of offense under coordinator Greg Roman.

“He asks the questions on the smallest details, even in the running game, let alone the passing game that it makes you say, ‘That’s the question that should be asked right now,'” Roman said. “He understands there are a couple different ways to do things. Also, he understands the game well enough, where he says, ‘Have you thought about this?'”

Quarterback Alex Smith said Moss’s attention to detail is most obvious when they’re dissecting the run game on tape, and Roman said his willingness to block and his effectiveness are a big part of the reason they succeed.

“Starting in the Houston the game, in the preseason, Randy was wearing people out, blocking,” Roman said. “And I can’t stress enough how professional, how team-oriented Randy Moss is.

“All I can tell you, as a 49er, he’s busting tail on everything.”

That hasn’t always been said about Moss either, but you can’t argue that so far, he’s a perfect fit with the 49ers.