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Shots Heard 'Round The Web - Patriots Links 6/11/09

<em>Patriots receiver Randy Moss gets ready to haul in a pass in Foxborough on Wednesday.</em>
Patriots receiver Randy Moss gets ready to haul in a pass in Foxborough on Wednesday.

MANDATORY MINI-CAMP, Day 1

Andy Hart reports from Gillette after watching the team practice.

Terrence Wheatley had a solid workout, finding his way to the ball on a couple different occasions. The second-year former second-round pick had an interception in one team drill that may have ended in a pick-six score in game action. Later in the workout he had great positioning on a deep ball and probably should have hauled in another pick but at least battled for the ball and knocked it away.

Christopher Price shares his observations from camp.

It seemed like — and [maybe] it’s just me — but there was a lot of work done in the hurry-up offense, both in individual groups (among backs and wide receivers) and as a collective offensive unit. Tom Brady appeared to be moving fluidly and without problems, and I counted at least two times where he didn’t see a receiver open downfield and decided to tuck the ball away and start running. In that same hurry up series, Randy Moss made a nice catch over the middle when Shawn Springs slipped and fell.

Tim Graham brought ESPN's injury expert Stephania Bell to the Patriots mini-camp, and she was impressed by Brady's recovery.

Bell got her first glimpse since Brady's left knee crumpled last year on opening day. What she saw exceeded her already high expectations.

"The thing that's most impressive to me is how fluid he looks, that three-step drop, his motion, transitioning from the drop to throwing across his body," said Bell, a physical therapist who specializes in athletes and performing artists. "There's no hitch. There's no halting. It's all very smooth."

"There's a lot of rotation going through that lower extremity," Bell said. "Your knee bears a lot of stress when you put that kind of rotation on the leg because the hip rotates easily, the ankle rotates easily, but the knee as a structure isn't meant to rotate a lot. Therefore, it's going to be placed under a lot stress.

"He didn't exhibit any ill effects from that at all. He looked very, very smooth. He's throwing in a normal way. He's throwing across his body, stepping into it, planting his leg."

MINI-CAMP - Day 1

VINCE WILFORK

LOCAL SHOTS

LONG SHOTS