By: Ian Logue
Another short entry, but today’s Patriots OTA’s are open to the media, which means hopefully we’ll get some more news out of Foxboro by the time the day is over. In the meantime here’s today’s headlines.
Randy Moss Rarin’ to Go – Boston Herald
In the above piece Ian Rapoport offers more insight into Randy Moss’ mindset heading into this season, with Moss saying he has high expectations for this year and hopes to get one more shot at a title.
“To try to make a Super Bowl run,” Moss told the Herald of his goal for this season. “I need another shot at that Super Bowl.”
Another interesting note in this article is the fact that despite being 33, Moss believes he still has quite a bit of football left in him.
“I just think I still have four, five, six years left, depending on how my body holds up,” Moss said. “I’m still loving what I do. I’m ready to rock and roll. I’m still playing at a high level, still being that No. 1 receiver in the league.”
The above link is an excellent piece by Chris Price, who looks back at the Patriots draft classes over the years and ranks the best rookie seasons by each individual player.
Price points out that this is more about their rookie seasons, than whether they could be considered the “best draft picks” of that era.
Understand that this is different than the list of best draft picks — while many of those players blossomed into Pro Bowlers, they all had varying degrees of success in their rookie season.
An interesting mailbag by ESPN’s Jeff Dickerson, who the only reason I’m mentioning this is due to his comment about Adalius Thomas. When asked by a reader if he could end up with the Bears, Dickerson commented about his play and apparently saw a different player than fans here in New England did.
I just don’t see a fit here in Chicago for Thomas, who did play like a ‘beast’ for the Ravens and Patriots for roughly a four-year stretch.
I wouldn’t say he played like a “beast” here in New England, but it’s an interesting outside perspective.
There was some good news on our own front yesterday for those who haven’t seen it. Our resident salary cap expert, Miguel Benzan, got a great mention by Chris Price of WEEI.com yesterday. Benzan breaks down the rookie contracts for the Patriots, and also takes an educated guess as to what the rest of the draft picks could expect this year in the way of contracts.
If you haven’t yet bookmarked his site, PatsCap.com – I highly recommend doing so.
Last night at Patriot Place, the Patriots alumni honored ex-Patriot Mosi Tatupu, who passed away in February. They put together what was reportedly an entertaining evening, bringing in the likes of Lenny Clarke along with others to raise money for the Mosi Tatupu Memorial Scholarship Fund. Ian Rapoport of the Herald takes a look at the evening, and posts some photos from the event.
Finally, I wouldn’t normally do this, but since there’s not much else to talk about just yet we’ll close this out with an article from the Herald on Tom Brady’s wife and lingerie model Gisele Bundchen. The article talks about her success, and also features a great picture of her.
That’s it for this morning. Hope everyone has a good day, and we’ll have more later as it becomes available.