By: Ian Logue
A beautiful Memorial Day here in New England, and another short list of headlines.
ProFootballTalk.com reported last night that wide receiver Randy Moss has cut ties with his long-time agent Tim DiPiero, who has represented Moss all the way back to his high school days. Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com has more on this story – with Reiss saying their relationship was more of a “Father – Son” dynamic.
With Moss in the final year of his contract, the timing of the move is interesting. In this article Reiss points out one thing that could have an effect on him this season.
One immediate concern for the 2010 season would be if Moss becomes distracted by agents pursuing him in an attempt to change his mind.
Chris Price of WEEI.com also weighs in, pointing out that there have been other Patriots who have represented themselves without an agent.
The veterans will be returning to Foxboro tomorrow, and Jeff Howe of NESN.com points out that things will definitely be more intense over the next couple of weeks, and then even further when the mandatory minicamps begin from June 15-17th.
Runningback Kevin Faulk said recently that expectations are high, and the guys who didn’t come in last week are going to be under the gun to get up to speed and not slow down the guys who have already been in attendence.
“The level is probably going to be higher,” Faulk said. “The expectations of the guys that are coming in that weren’t here [last] week is going to be high. Coach is going to expect things to run a little more smoothly, and it’s supposed to. We’re veteran guys. We know what we have to do, and we know what’s at stake right now as a football team.”
We’ll close this out by taking a moment to remember defensive lineman Marquise Hill, who passed away three years ago during Memorial Day weekend after a jetskiing accident. To this day the team keeps a small, glass enclosed memorial in the locker room to ensure that he won’t soon be forgotten. Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe wrote a good piece a couple of days ago that you may want to check out if you haven’t read it.
Hill is the only Patriots player to die during his playing career – and hopefully the last.
That’s it for now. Enjoy the rest of your day and we’ll see you tomorrow.