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Shots Heard 'Round The Web - Patriots Links 5/20/09

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Andy Hart answers reader questions, mostly about the linebacker position.

Even if Burgess ends up a Patriots he’ll have to transition to linebacker and he’ll have to be a part of an overall committee approach on the outside. Pierre Woods needs to prove he’s ready to step up and probably will need to prove worthy of a starting job. Shawn Crable – who has all the physical tools – needs to prove himself valuable on the field. Adalius Thomas needs to stay healthy. All those things probably have to happen if the Patriots current perceived weakness is going to end up a contributing part of a championship-caliber defense. It’s not impossible and it’s still early in the process, but at this point in May it does seem like a lot to ask for.

Mark Farinella explains why he's not expecting to see Brady perform at the Patriots' OTAs, and why that's okay.

I could be wrong - wouldn't be the first time, and certainly won't be the last - but the combination of the words "Brady" and "media" usually results in a circus that may not be exactly what Bill Belichick wants to accomplish with this first OTA. Or Brady, for that matter. It would not surprise me if Brady had already accomplished what Belichick wanted from him before today's media-present session, and was either sequestered in the training room or not even on the premises.


Albert Breer (Sporting News) Tom Brady is "full go" in Patriots practices.

According to a source close to Brady, the quarterback has "no restrictions at all" as a result of his reconstructed left knee and is "more than excited" about his progress.

"Everybody's excited for Tom's return," said Moss, who set an NFL record with 23 touchdown catches in his one full season with Brady. "And what (better) way to welcome him back than a Monday Night Football game?"

More Shots after the jump...