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Randy Moss talks about Patriots, leaving Vikings and his relationship with Cris Carter

03.16.11 at 1:49 pm ET
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Former Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss was on with KFAN in Minnesota Wednesday morning, and touched on a wide variety of topics, including his feelings about the Patriots, his thoughts on leaving the Vikings and his relationship with former teammate Cris Carter. Here are a few of the highlights:

On leaving Minnesota:
“I left Minnesota ‘€” man, it was definitely heartbreaking, man. When I came to Minnesota ‘€¦ I left a lot of memories there. And by me coming back, being traded back there, a lit of things happen in the business that we’€™re in, the profession that we’€™re in. I had a lot of history there before I came. I wanted everybody to get their 84 jerseys out, because I had seen what the Vikings did the year before, and I thought they had a lot of key ingredients still in place there for me to come in and [help make a run]. A lot of things happened, and a lot of things happen in organizations that you don’€™t like and a lot of things you have to put up with, but I got out there and I went to Tennessee and that worked out OK ‘€” not too much ‘€” but you’€™ve got to live and die by what you believe in. That’€™s what I do ‘€” I live and die by what I believe in, and I believe in loyalty and being a good person, not just on the field but off the field. And some things got into play and some things got in the way, and I just felt it was right and best for me to just go ahead and get out of there.”

“I think that we kind of get a different look about athletes, especially when you’€™re on a certain pedestal than other athletes. I’€™m a country boy ‘€” I really come from nothing. Everything that has been given or put in my path has been a blessing from above. So for me to be able to give back to a young guy, or some guys what I’€™ve experienced on the field or the little bit I’€™ve experienced off the field, that’€™s just a way of me giving back. And I think you have a head coach of leading 70 men and 10 to 15 coaches ‘€¦ so I think that when you’€™re a veteran ‘€¦ when you’€™re a rookie, a second, third year guy, you come in with your head cut off not knowing what to expect. I think what I’€™ve been through and the years I’€™ve played in the league, I think I know what to expect a little bit for guys to prepare themselves and stuff, and now that we’€™re in this lockout, I hope guys were listening to me.”

What are you doing right now?
“I just got through getting my body worked on, getting stretched on. And now, I’€™m getting ready to take my behind to the casino and sit down and play some slots. That’€™s what I’€™m getting ready to do to be honest. ‘€¦ Certain casinos I go in, they do have everything others have, so if I go, most of the time I just go and bide time. A lot of people at the casinos I go to man, a few people know me. I’€™ve been generous before ‘€” I’€™ve given earnings away throughout my years, but nothing too, too crazy. A couple thousand dollars here or there. But I just think that’€™s what life is about ‘€” being good to people. Treat people the way you want to be treated. And I think that off the field, I’€™m a different person than I am on the field.”
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NFL Lockout, Day 4: Goodell talks, while NFLPA clarifies stance on rookies at the draft

03.16.11 at 12:25 am ET
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A roundup of lockout news at the end of Day 4 of the NFL work stoppage:

‘€¢NFL commissioner Roger Goodell doesn’€™t anticipate talks between owners and players resuming before a judge rules on the players’€™ injunction to try and stop the lockout. Speaking with the NFL Network on Tuesday evening, Goodell said the two sides haven’€™t talked at all since they walked away from the bargaining table last Friday.

‘€œI think we’€™re in a period where litigation and the litigation strategy … is ongoing. That will have to play out for the next couple weeks,’€ he said.

‘€¢Meanwhile, the players assured the public that they had no plans to try and sabotage the NFL draft by telling the to prospects to stay away from the first round, set for April 28. Instead, NFLPA spokesman George Atallah told ESPN those players might be involved in a ‘€œdifferent’€ kind of event.

In a flurry of Tweets Tuesday afternoon, Atallah tried to set the record straight:
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Report: Despite lockout, 2011 NFL schedule will be released next month

03.15.11 at 9:34 pm ET
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The NFL schedule for the 2011 season will be released in “mid-April,” according to a report from Pro Football Talk. PFT checked with NFL spokesmen Greg Aiello, who e-mailed: “The plan is to release the schedule as we normally do in mid-April. An announcement date has not been set.” (Last year, the league released the 2010 schedule during the week of the draft.) That news comes less than a week into the first work stoppage in NFL history since 1987.

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Bill Belichick and Patriots at Florida Pro Day, meet with Mike Pouncey

03.15.11 at 8:59 pm ET
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The Patriots took advantage of the fact that Tuesday was Florida’€™s Pro Day to meet with Gators offensive lineman Mike Pouncey, according to the Associated Press.

The 6-foot-4, 310-pound Pouncey ‘€” brother of Pittsburgh offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey ‘€” was one of the main attractions on Tuesday, a gathering that attracted several scouts and coaches, including New England’€™s Bill Belichick. (He’s pictured here in the orange.) Reportedly, Pouncey met individually with the Giants, the Jaguars, Patriots and Bears on Tuesday, and later told reporters he anticipates being taken in the middle of the first round, saying he’€™s had good feedback from a number of teams, including the Dolphins, Jags, Giants and Bucs.

Pouncey started his Gators career as a defensive tackle before moving to right guard in his sophomore season and eventually replacing his twin at center last season. That sort of positional versatility is also prized in the New England system ‘€” combined with the fact that the Patriots recently lost veteran right guard Stephen Neal to retirement, it’€™s no surprise that are many mock drafts who have Pouncey ticketed to New England with one of their two first-round picks.

As for Pouncey, he came away happy with his performance.

‘€œI did a great job. They loved me,’€ he told reporters.

We profiled Pouncey as part of our ‘€œPotential Patriots’€ series here.

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Report: Maryland WR Torrey Smith has workout with Patriots

03.15.11 at 6:51 pm ET
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Maryland wide receiver Torrey Smith has already conducted a private workout with the Patriots, according to the National Football Post.

A world-class speedster, the 6-foot-1, 204-pounder out of Maryland caught 67 passes for 1,075 yards and 12 touchdowns last season with the Terps. Smith also has special teams skills ‘€” as a sophomore, he broke his own record with 1,309 kickoff return yards (and 2,129 all-purpose yards), which included two kicks returned for touchdowns.

Like fellow Maryland wide receiver Darius Heyward-Bey ‘€” who had off-the-charts speed the previous year at the combine ‘€” Smith’€™s measureables at the combine drew raves. He ran the 40-yard dash between 4.37 and 4.41 seconds, and also finished wih a 41-inch vertical leap, a 10-foot-6 broad jump and 19 reps on the bench at 225 pounds.

Through the pre-draft process, Smith has reportedly been training with former Patriots wide receiver Donte Stallworth.

‘€œWith Donte, he’€™s working hard,’€ said Smith, who is projected by many to be a first-round pick. ‘€œWhen we were running our routes, he was telling us what to look for, whether we were getting out of our breaks fast enough, just real fundamental things.’€

Oh, and he’€™s pretty good on the basketball court as well. Check out the video below:

Read More: 2011 NFL Draft, Darius Heyward-Bey, donte stallworth, Torrey Smith

Kentucky wide receiver Chris Matthews has workout with Patriots on Wednesday

03.15.11 at 3:36 pm ET
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Kentucky wide receiver Chris Matthews confirmed via his personal Twitter account that he will have a personal workout with the Patriots on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-5, 219-pound Matthews ‘€” who started two years for the Wildcats after transferring from Los Angeles Harbor College ‘€” had 61 catches for 925 yards and nine touchdowns last season with Kentucky, including games where he went for 100-plus yards receiving against Florida (six catches, 114 yards, two touchdowns) and South Carolina (12 catches, 177 yards, one touchdown).

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Virginia Tech RB Ryan Williams set for workout with Patriots

03.15.11 at 1:19 pm ET
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Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams told Foxsports.com that he has an upcoming workout with the Patriots. (The report was confirmed by WEEI.com.)

Williams, a 5-foot-10, 202-pounder, rushed for a school-record 1,655 yards as a freshman in 2009. However, he saw his numbers take a dip last season after missing four games because of a slightly torn right hamstring and gaining just 477 yards.

Williams said the decision to leave Virginia Tech after just two seasons was difficult one personally, but not from an on-field perspective ‘€” the Hokies use a two-back system, and it’s unlikely that his draft stock could climb any higher, especially after 2,132 total rushing yards and 30 touchdowns in two seasons.

“The whole decision came down to what I felt was best for me ‘€” this has been my dream since I was six years old. This is what I want to do in life, period,” said Williams, who is projected as a late first-round or early second-round pick. “I told my mom when I was eight that I just wanted to receive one check, and that was from the NFL. She laughed and said, ‘You’d best stay in school!’ That’s what I told her.

“Also, I didn’t want to come back into another two-back rotation system. That’s what the coaches told me they were going to do, because it worked so well for them. I had to be honest ‘€” I had to be stingy. In a two-back rotation, I might drop some more, because you’re not getting into the flow of the game. Getting just five to ten carries a game doesn’t help you that much.”

For more on Williams, we profiled him as part of our “Potential Patriots” series.

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