|Ex-Pats WR Randy Moss leaves door open when asked about possible comeback||08.23.15 at 8:35 pm ET|
Randy Moss left open the possibility of a comeback when he met with reporters last week in West Virginia. On Sunday night, he fueled more speculation about an attempted return to the NFL.
Speaking on the FOX pregame show, he told host Curt Menafee he has “not lost the itch” to play, and that he’d been working out over the offseason.
“I have been retired for the last two years, but you never know, Curt,” he said. “It’s the love of the game that I still have inside of me.
“The sky’s the limit for me, Curt. So we’ll just have to wait and see.”
The comments come at an interesting time for wide receivers across the league: Green Bay lost Jordy Nelson for the season in Sunday’s preseason action to a knee injury. In addition, Kelvin Benjamin, considered to be Carolina’s top pass-catcher, also went down for the year with a knee issue. And the Patriots have reportedly decided to kick the tires on Reggie Wayne in an attempt to add some veteran depth at the position.
Moss, 38, played 14 seasons in the NFL, including three-plus years with the Patriots from 2007 through the early stages of the 2010 season. With New England, he caught 259 passes for 3,904 yards and 50 touchdowns. He said last week he remains close with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
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|Randy Moss shows love for Tom Brady: ‘I’m going to stand by him, regardless of what happens’||08.20.15 at 2:17 pm ET|
Randy Moss did a lot more than just show up at Patriots joint practice with the Saints Thursday. He offered unconditional support for one of his best friends.
Moss said Thursday that no matter what happens with Tom Brady in the Deflategate saga, he will stand by the quarterback with whom he made NFL history in 2007. That was the season that Moss caught 23 touchdown catches and Brady threw 50 touchdown passes, both NFL records at the time.
Moss knows Brady as well as anyone in football and says that he stays in close touch with him to this day.
“One thing that you all have to realize is that Tom is human,” Moss told reporters Thursday after practice in West Virginia. “I’m not going to sit here and tell you that it doesn’t affect him, I think not only does it affect him, it affects everybody in his circle. It’s just something as a professional you just have to just live with it and move on from it. We talk every month but that something we don’t talk about. I told Tom, first and foremost, that I’m going to stand by him, regardless of what happens.
“I don’t call him to talk about anything negative. Friends are supposed to stay positive and move you in the right direction and that’s what I’m there for.”
This isn’t the first time Moss has defended Brady in Deflategate, showing his support in July. The only difference Thursday is that he had the chance to do so in person.
Moss said Brady, only six months younger than the 38-year-old Moss, even suggested Moss get in formation and run some routes.
“He wanted me to. He threw me the ball a couple of times,” Moss said. “It was great being around the guys. I think I reached out to Coach a couple of months back and just told him I was in the area and being nice. I wanted to bring a few kids up here. It was a short-notice thing. Just by seeing the love and just hearing the fans, [for] the state of West Virginia, I think this is a good thing that The Greenbrier is putting on.”
What was even more interesting from Moss Thursday is that he feels Brady could be in line for his best season ever.
|Randy Moss: ‘I’ve always stood in Tom [Brady’s] corner’||07.14.15 at 7:00 am ET|
Another former teammate is backing quarterback Tom Brady for his role in Deflategate. This time it is former wide receiver Randy Moss.
“I’ve always stood in Tom’s corner,” Moss said to the Fay Observer. “I called myself a professional but that man was definitely a letter grade above me.”
Brady was suspended four-games for his role in Deflategate, something Moss seems to disagree with.
“Over some air?” Moss said. “If he did it, so what? He hasn’t shown me anything but how he carries himself as a professional man, husband, father and athlete.
“Tom Brady is a pro’s pro. I love the man and everything he’s accomplished.”
Moss finished his four-year career with the Patriots totaling 259 catches for 3,904 yards and 50 touchdowns, including 23 in the historic 2007 season.
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|Tom Brady to Randy Moss on early season media criticism: ‘Great opportunity for me to dig deep’||11.25.14 at 6:00 am ET|
What a difference two months makes.
Obviously a lot has changed since that Sept. 29 game, led by Brady’s play, as the Patriots have rallied with seven straight wins to now have the best record in the AFC at 9-2.
In an interview with old friend Randy Moss on the FOX pregame show prior to last Sunday’s game, Brady spoke of the criticism — acknowledging it may have been the first time he was criticized during his 15-year pro career.
“Really for my career I’ve never had a lot of criticism,” Brady told Moss. “We won the first year that I played and then we won two more shortly after that. This was really the first time people came down on me. I took it in stride and I thought it was really a great opportunity for me to dig deep. I think I’ve always had that chip on my shoulder and there probably always will be because I was a sixth-round draft pick — that never goes away. I was the one no one really wanted in college. They really didn’t want me in the pros. Now I am always like, ‘Why do they want me to go away so quick?, Why do they want me to go away so quick?’ I just have fun playing.”
Brady is now 37 years old and in his 15th season in the league. Moss, who is now retired, asked Brady how much longer he has left playing and why he has a desire to play for as long as he can.
“I think there is nothing I’d rather do,” said Brady. “I don’t have a lot of hobbies. There’s something in my DNA that loves this game because I feel like I am 27. I just want to keep doing it. I’m having a lot of fun. We get to play football for a living and what would be any better than that?”
|Tom Brady on D&C: ‘We’ve got a lot of good things going’||11.24.14 at 9:40 am ET|
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady checked in with Dennis & Callahan for his weekly chat Monday morning, following Sunday’s dominant 34-9 victory over the Lions, and talked about Darrelle Revis, Jonas Gray, Odell Beckham Jr. and Randy Moss. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
With their seventh straight win, the Patriots are 9-2 and look like they have established some separation from the pack. Brady cautioned that there still is plenty of room for improvement.
“I think it’s a week-to-week thing,” he said. “At different times over the course of the year we’ve done a lot of things really well, and you really want them to all come together on game day. I’m sure there’s always things we can get better at. I thought we did a lot of good things offensively yesterday, but I think we could have been even better. You’ve just got to go out there every week trying to improve and stay sharp and improve things that have shown up over the course of the season and we haven’t done as well consistently.
“It’s great to win, but as always when you win it’s never as good as you think, and when you lose it’s never as bad as you think. We’ll go in today and watch the film and talk about all the things we can do better. We obviously are playing well, we’ve got a lot of good things going. We’re continuing to be tested, because we’ve played a lot of good opponents here the past bunch of weeks, and now we’ve got another one coming up on Sunday.”
Running back Jonas Gray, the star of last week’s win over the Colts, sat out Sunday after arriving late to practice Friday.
“Those are always coach’s decisions to do certain things,” Brady said. “It’s unfortunate for everybody involved. You never want to see those things, because all these guys are important to us, and Jonas is a big part of our team and a big part of the reason why we won a huge game in our season. You just hate to see someone disciplined, but that’s just the way coach decided to handle it.”
|Randy Moss: ‘There is a special place in my heart for the New England Patriots’||11.20.14 at 8:46 pm ET|
The former Patriots wide receiver is in town to do some TV work for Fox in advance of Sunday’s Patriots-Lions game. Between his work, Moss sat down with Patriots.com reporter Jackie Brittain for an interview for Patriots.com.
Moss talked about a variety of topics, including how he became a member of the Patriots. Moss was traded to the Patriots from the Raiders before Day 2 of the 2007 NFL draft for a fourth-round pick in that draft.
“I’ve said this story time and time again, but I just want people to understand that I am very grateful,” Moss told Brittain. “When I came from Oakland, I was in a dark place. I was in a dark place because I was there for two years, I got traded from the Vikings and things weren’t going well in California. I was away from home, my career wasn’t going the way I wanted it to go.
“I remember I was in Houston, Texas, doing the draft and I got a call from Bill Belichick and I thought it was one of my friends playing. I was like, ‘Who is this?’ and he was like, ‘This is Bill Belichick.’ I was like, ‘Man, get real, who is this?’ Coach told me that if I am up here by 10 o’clock next morning, blah, blah, blah, then the trade would go through. Man, I started scrambling.
“When I came up here and became a Patriot I was very thankful, I was very grateful. Mrs. Myra Kraft played a role in it. When she passed away I had to pay my respects to the home, to the family, and when I go see Mr. Kraft he doesn’t call me Randy Moss, he calls me Randy Moss Kraft. They welcomed me into the family and like I said, still to this day it’s just love and anytime you come here you feel the love from the Kraft family.”
|Rodney Harrison on D&C: Despite top offense, Colts have ‘too many inconsistencies’||11.14.14 at 9:20 am ET|
NBC Sports NFL analyst Rodney Harrison made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show on Friday morning to preview the Patriots-Colts game and discuss other NFL news. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
The Patriots are on a roll, winners of four straight, heading into the Sunday night showdown in Indianapolis. The AFC South-leading Colts come in at 6-3, one game behind the AFC-leading Patriots and Broncos.
Harrison said the Colts have yet to prove they belong with the AFC’s elite.
“I think you have the top couple of teams in the AFC, which would be, I would say, New England and Denver,” Harrison said. “And the Indianapolis Colts, right, they’re trying to take that next step. Just too many inconsistencies on the defensive side of the ball. Yes, they have the No. 1-ranked offense, but if you want to win games and playoff games and beat the upper echelon of teams, you have to be able to play defense. And it’s not just at home and playing with a different speed at home, but the consistency when you’re on the road.”
Andrew Luck has been heralded as the next elite QB, and Harrison said his personality has a lot to do with it.
“The kid is so humble, he’s so smart, he works his butt off, he’s got a great arm, he’s smart. He’s got basically all the tangibles and intangibles that you look for in a quarterback, and as you can see he’s really taken that next step to being an elite quarterback,” Harrison said. “And I don’t think anything’s going to change with him. The type of kid that he is now, he was in high school or when he was in college, and now he’s in the pros.”
Another quarterback who might soon join Luck in the NFL is 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, who can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Harrison said the Florida State star is not worth the risk.
“I wouldn’t touch him. Just too many issues,” Harrison said. “This kid, it’s amazing how he has a thousand lives. They continually give him opportunity after opportunity, and I just think it’s one of those things where he’s got to really fall on his butt to really appreciate the opportunity that he’s been given. There’s no way I’m touching him. I don’t care about the talent, because when you get to a point where you’ve become this distraction to the team; the coaches, the organization can’t trust you, and you don’t know which guy’s going to show up on Sunday, yes he can do that on the college level, but on the professional level its completely different.”
Randy Moss is back in the news with the debut of an ESPN documentary about him. Harrison said the one-time Patriot never got his due in part because of his off-field issues.
“Randy Moss was spectacular,” Harrison said. “And I’m going to tell you this: As great as Randy Moss is, we still don’t appreciate how great he is because of some of the early distractions, some of the things that he’s gone through. Randy was one of the smartest football players I’ve ever been around — very smart, articulate guy, like you see now on TV. And I just believe that if he would have had maybe a cleaner image that people would have really been able to understand how great Randy Moss is. And Randy’s a good person — just a little bit misunderstood.”
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