One man's Week 5 NFL picks, made while trying to figure out why Randy Moss isn't still in New England.



KIRK MINIHANE

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FOXBORO — In his first public comments since wide receiver Randy Moss was traded, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady told “Patriots All-Access” (click here for the clip of the interview that will air Friday at 7 p.m.) that while he loves Moss “as a guy, as a person, as a player,” he understands the decision to trade him to the Vikings.

FOXBORO — In a lengthy question-and-answer session at his locker this afternoon, Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork talked about how close he had grown to Randy Moss in the three-plus seasons the two played together, and that he never saw Moss as a distraction — contrary to statements made by former Patriot Tedy Bruschi.

On Thursday, Randy Moss spoke with the media in Minnesota following his first practice after Wednesday's trade that sent the wide receiver to the Vikings.

 

Some reports have indicated that Moss felt hurt when he learned of the trade. He was asked if it that was an accurate assessment of his feelings.

 

The Patriots worked out a pair of kickers on Wednesday, veterans Shaun Suisham and Shayne Graham, according to Pro Football Talk. Suisham, 28, is a Bowling Green product who has spent five seasons in the NFL, having kicked for Dallas, San Francisco and Washington. Graham is a 32-year-old who out of Virginia Tech who has been in the league since 2001 and has kicked for Buffalo, Carolina and Cincinnati. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

FOXBORO — Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker said Thursday it was "a little disappointing" to know that Randy Moss had requested a trade early in the season, especially in the wake of how he interacted with the team throughout the early stages of the 2010 season.

FOXBORO — According to multiple reports, the following players were not at the start of practice this afternoon for the Patriots: cornerback Terrence Wheatley, offensive lineman Nick Kaczur, running back Fred Taylor and defensive lineman Mike Wright. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

FOXBORO — Talking about the trade of Randy Moss Thursday morning, Patriots coach Bill Belichick denied that there was a single incident that led to the decision to trade Moss. He also called the report that there was an incident on the plane coming back from Miami a “total fabrication,” and added, “There was never any incident or discipline problem with Randy. There never has been one with me in four years.”

Cris Carter, who played with Randy Moss in Minnesota, joined Dale & Holley to talk about Moss and the trade that sent the receiver back to the Vikings. Carter said he wasn't surprised by the move. "I thought it would be Randy's last year [with New England], so the alternative is to trade him," he said. "I think it's a better deal for New England to trade him then to let him walk and not get anything for him."

 

The Patriots announced that they have re-signed offensive lineman Quinn Ojinnaka and also signed quarterback Brett Ratliff to the practice squad. Ojinnaka was acquired from the Falcons in August and then waived Sept. 30. He has played in 39 games and started 12 in his four-year career.

 

Ratliff has spent time with the Jets, Brown and Jaguars. The Jags released Ratliff last week.

 

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