Erik Scalavino discusses the Randy Moss interview on Minnesota radio station KFAN, and how Moss realizes how good he had it here in New England.
"If you’re asking me where my heart and where I’m happy is, you know, I love playing with Tom Brady. I love being coached by Bill Belichick," he began.
"I think that just the success as a wide receiver and everything that the New England Patriots stand for, you know, I’m a big fan of Bill Belichick’s. I really am, and not just on the field. I’m a fan of his off the field because, you know, the little grouchy man that you see on-camera is not what you see off-camera.
"And people say ‘Well, Moss, you got traded to Minnesota from New England!’" he added. "Well… this is a business, man. People have to understand the nature of the business. It’s not just a sport. The sport comes along with the business. If you really don’t think it’s a business, then why are they sitting there [the NFL and the players union], fighting over $9 billion?"
Ian Rapoport reports Jerod Mayo is cheering on his little brother Deron who's taking part in the University of Virginia's Pro Day today.
"He’s in a position to really open some eyes tomorrow and hopefully he gets it done," Mayo told me this morning. "I’m very excited for him. He’s excited. I have to tell him to channel his energy the right way because sometimes you get too excited and (go out too hard). But I think he’s ready. He’s been preparing for a long time. He’s been training with some good trainers and hopefully it shows up at Pro Day."
"It’s been very difficult," Mayo said of his brother’s odyssey. "I think he handled it like a professional. He called me the day he found out the program was going under, and he said, ‘Hey I think I’m going to transfer.’ He took his little visits and things like that and he decided to go to ODU. The coaches right there gave him an opportunity. I think he was the captain of his team there and only being there one year was pretty impressive. He’s made the most of it." He’s not going to play defensive end in the NFL, but he can rush the passer," Mayo said.
"He has all those skills, he can play linebacker. But he’ll definitely make an impact on special teams. With his skills and his size and strength, that’s the one thing I told him, ‘Get your foot in the door on special teams and he blocked a few kicks, blocked some punts, blocked some field goals, and he’s just an all-around good player."
As for having two Mayo’s in the NFL? Jerod say that would be huge. "Maybe he can play for the Patriots," Mayo said.
- Erik Scalavino reports on the Patriots' pre-draft workouts and what they mean.
- Joe Frollo reports the Patriots hosted the USA Football New England Youth Leadership Forum at The Hall at Patriot Place.
- NFL Network: On the Clock - Patriots. With 2 picks in the first round are the Patriots poised to make a move into the top 10 and draft a defensive end? (5.37 min. video)
- NFL Network: Commissioner Roger Goodell talks about the next steps in negotiation process and the potential for prospects to boycott NFL Draft. (7.31 min. video)
- Shalise Manza Young explains the NFL held a conference call in advance of the annual spring meetings this weekend in New Orleans, that focused on potential rules changes.
- Karen Guregian writes about the significant changes that will be recommended by the NFL Competition Committee.
- AP reports the NFL will be more aggressive in suspending players next season for illegal hits.
- Bob Hohler has an excellent piece about Brandon Meriweather and the South Apopka, Florida neighborhood he grew up in.
- Christopher Price offers a roundup of lockout news from the end of Day 5 of the work stoppage.
- Kirk Minihane sees Adrian Peterson as a slave to his own arrogance and says this is exactly why the owners always beat the players.
- Ian Rapoport gives us a breakdown of those lawyers who will be representing both sides in the labor dispute.
- Christopher Price reports the Patriots will hold a private workout with WR Andre Holmes (Hillsdale) today.
- Mike Reiss analyzes Todd McShay's latest Mock Draft and his Patriots selections for the first round.
- Mike Reiss analyzes Russ Lande's second version of his mock draft and who he has the Patriots selecting in the first round.
- Tom E. Curran opens his mailbag and notes the players are not coming off well in this mess.
- Shalise Manza Young answers readers' questions about the Patriots.
- Karen Guregian wonders what the rookies should do who have been invited by the league to New York for Draft day.
- Christopher Price highlights the Randy Moss interview where he talks about the Patriots, leaving the Vikings, his relationship with Cris Carter and plans for 2011.
- ESPNBoston Poll: Would you take Moss back?
- Karen Guregian Patriots Notebook: Randy Moss wants to play for the Patriots again; Kickers will probably like the new rules proposed by the competition committee that would shorten the field; There's "nothing new" to report with regard to the investigation into the Florida shooting that may have involved Brandon Meriweather.
- Tim Graham (ESPN) Randy Moss wants to reunite with Patriots.
- MJD (Yahoo! Sports) Randy Moss loves the Patriots, perhaps to an unhealthy degree.
- Mike Pereira (Fox Sports) Evaluating potential NFL rule changes.
- Staff (Sporting News) NFL competition committee proposes kickoff, replay changes.
- Brian Baldinger (NFL.com) Proposed rule changes marginalize special teams.
- Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Flagrant hits on defenseless players will result in suspensions.
- NFL's proposed kickoff rule hurt the game? Injuries should be a concern, but at what expense? (Nat'l Football Post) Does the
- Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) NFL considers kickoffs at 35-yard line, touchbacks to 25-yard line.
- Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Scoring plays may be reviewed by replay assistant, not coaches' challenge.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Owners should override Competition Committee on Calvin Johnson rule.
- N. Jeremi Duru (Yahoo! Sports) Devastating hits in NFL could lead to prosecution in the future.
- Matt Bowen (Nat'l Football Post) Breaking down Alabama's Mark Ingram.
- Peter Schrager (Fox Sports) How much do Pro Days really matter?
- Don Banks (SI) Potential top draft pick Gabbert has much to prove at Missouri's Pro Day today.
- Wes Bunting (Nat'l Football Post) Mock Draft 3.0 - Patriots select DE J.J. Watt (Wisconsin) at 17 and OG Danny Watkins (Baylor) at 28.
- Albert Breer (NFL.com) Elite defensive players go early in scout's mock draft. Patriots take DE J.J. Watt (Wisconsin) at 17 and RB Mark Ingram (Alabama) at 28.
- Russ Lande (Sporting News) Mock Draft 2: Patriots select DE Cameron Jordan (Cal) at 17 and RB Mikel Leshoure (Illinois) at 28.
- Tim Graham (ESPN) Kevin Turner's rugged road. Powerful piece on the former Patriot fullback.
- Tim Graham (ESPN) Sanchez's completion percentage in focus.
- AP (Yahoo! Sports) With NFL on hold, Randy Moss dives into NASCAR.
- Kevin Hench (Fox Sports) Your nightmare is my fantasy football.
- Clark Judge (CBS Sports) When it comes to drama, Clark prefers CBS to CBA.
- Andrew Brandt (Nat'l Football Post) Welcome to Courtroom Football, part two: Plus my take on Draft dodging.
- Jarrett Bell (USA Today) Union or not, NFLPA still could face sanction from NLRB.
- Clark Judge (CBS Sports) Players want books, piece of NFL? Not gonna happen.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Joe Banner explains why league thinks offer to players was "fair".
- Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Chargers' Kevin Burnett: "Goodell's full of it, he's a liar".
- Kevin Fishbain (Pro Football Weekly) As hard as they might try, neither side 'winning' labor situation.
- Jon Saraceno (USA Today) Coaches' salaries slashed in NFL lockout cost-cutting.
- Judy Battista (NY Times) Goodell says union liked some safety proposals.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFLPA* should drop any efforts to attack NFL's antitrust exemption for broadcasting.
- Jim Trotter (SI Magazine) A Game in Flames: Issues of trust and transparency led to the collapse of NFL labor talks.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Cowboys deny report of Jerry Jones' conduct at March 2 meeting.
- Mike Freeman (CBS Sports) Rookie symposium in danger.
- Jarrett Bell (USA Today) Players' union considering alternative event during NFL Draft.
- Michael Silver (Yahoo! Sports) Draft is fair game if labor dispute continues.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Kurt Warner echoes Kevin Mawae's comments about quality of 2006 CBA.
- Richard Sandomir (NY Times) In lockout, a close eye falls on the NFL Network.
- Lisa Altobelli (NFL.com) Lockout loot: Players capitalizing during downtime.