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New England Patriots Links for a Rainy Saturday - 10/03/09

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<em>We need this guy!</em>
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Bill Belichick staunchly defends Randy Moss, disputing the misconception that Moss is one of the laziest receivers in the league.

I thought he showed a lot of toughness last week. I think that's one of the stronger performances I've seen. He was hurting. He had a will and he played through it. I know he's doing a lot better this week than he was last week, but he showed me a lot of toughness in that game.

He's been tough, but I thought that was really ... It was a pretty special performance, going over the middle, blocking, catching short passes, taking a lot of hits, making first downs, and he was making a lot of them. I thought it was a real good performance.

It was just one of those games where the ball came to him. There were a lot of big plays. A lot of those were critical plays, a lot of it was tight coverage. We needed those plays and he came through.

Karen Guregian notes Wes Welker's knee is improving.  He wants to play but is taking it slow.

"Being a football player, you always want to get out there and play," said Welker, who never had missed a game in his career until sitting out the Pats’ last two contests. "The main thing is being smart, and make sure you’re ready for the long haul."

"That’s the key thing of making sure I’m ready to go for the year," he said. "It’s a long season. That’s what we’re working toward."  "Every day I’m just working hard, trying to get it better, and it’s getting better, but we’ll see what happens."

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