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Rapid reaction from Patriots locker room on Moss trade

10.07.10 at 3:15 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Just got out of the Patriots locker room, and here’s some quick reaction from a handful of players on the Randy Moss trade:

Tight end Alge Crumpler on reacting to the trade:
“I just reacted. I’ve been a part of a lot of different moves throughout the course of my career. You just have to show up to work and come in and be a professional and make sure guys like myself keeps the guys in the locker room together so we go out there and continue to play. That’s all we can do. We still have 12 games to play, and it’s important for us to go out there as a team and try and make things happen. Look — we all in this locker room love Randy. He’s a Hall of Fame player. I’ve probably only played with more than two or three Hall of Fame players in my career. I studied him. I watched him. I learned a lot from him. And like coach said, I wish him well. We all wish him well. Except for when they come in here.”

Wes Welker on how the New England passing game might change:
“You know, I think Randy obviously brought a deep presence to him and going deep and everything like that. Things may change a little bit, but we have some fast guys that can definitely go deep and stretch the field and do some things. Obviously, Randy is one of the best in the game to do it. But we just have to collectively go out there and work hard and play hard and do everything we need to do to try and make up for him.”

How tough is that to know now that he wanted out?
“I think that was kind of a difficult thing. Just because he was the guy always giving pep talks before the game, halftime, after the game. Not knowing that he was wanting to get traded the whole time was a little bit disappointing. But at the same time, he’s doing what’s best for him. It’s a business. You just have to kind of roll with it.”

Vince Wilfork on his reaction:
“It’s a business. That’s how you have to look at it. I was very fortunate to play with a guy like Randy, and had a chance to know him as a person and an athlete. Great person, great athlete. Probably one of the greatest guys you’ll ever meet. The game, his personality, how he approaches the game. It’s business. … It happens all the time. But we are going to keep rolling. I’m pretty sure Randy’s going to keep doing what he has to do in Minnesota. One thing for sure is that we’re friends forever. I’ll talk to him. He’ll talk to me. Just because we’re on the other side doesn’t mean anything. I do want to beat him, but from a personal standpoint right now, good guy. Good guy. [But] that’s business.”

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