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New England Patriots Links 6/03/10 - Welker Being Welker; Moss Being Moss

Randy Moss answers how many questions from the media after practice?  "Y'all got three!"

Any first impressions?

"Everything is good. It’s a fresh start, it’s a new year. Everybody’s coming in very enthusiastic and ready to get this thing going. The only thing I can say is that I’m ready to come to work."

How do you like the balance of veterans and rookies brought in?

"I like everything. I like all the additions. The younger guys look good, the older vets looked good. I think that [coach] Bill [Belichick] has really emphasized that this is a new year so we’re going to get back to basics and do the things the right way. I’m very excited for this season, not just for me but for the whole team, just to see how far we can go."

Were you excited to see Wes Welker back on the field?

"It’s very impressive to me. I’m a big fan of Welker’s [from] way before he came here, back when he was in Miami, so I can’t wait to have him back on the field whenever that day comes. The sky’s the limit, so we’ll see what happens."

Andy Hart offers his OTA observations, including just how good Moss looks.

–Moss looked great on the practice fields. As is always the case, he was the best player, best athlete at the workout. He made everything look easy. Caught everything I saw thrown his way and beat Leigh Bodden in group work for a nice side lines, hands-only reception from Brian Hoyer. Veteran newcomer Torry Holt said last week that he’s "Smooth." That may be true. If so, I’d call Moss "Smoother."

–Did I mention how smooth Moss looked? He may be focused on his off-field business opportunities sand marketing, but you couldn’t tell based on how good he looked on the field on Wednesday. Dude is like Frosted Flakes…..GRRRRReat!

Erik Scalavino points to some notes worth mentioning from yesterday's OTA.

Defensive back Bret Lockett may have had the play of the day. During 7-on-7 drills with the offense, Lockett made a great adjustment to pick off a deep pass by backup QB Brian Hoyer. The ball was intended for 2009 practice squad receiver Darnell Jenkins, who appeared to be in a better position than Lockett to catch the under-thrown pass. The two looked to be battling for a rebound in basketball, with Jenkins getting the inside position. Lockett, however, timed his jump perfectly and reached over Jenkins’ head to rip the ball right out of Jenkins’ hands. Lockett stayed on his feet and returned the INT to the opposite side of the field for about 15 yards before the play was blown dead.