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10/07/2010 - 3:27pm
Report: Pats work out two kickers

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.


10/07/2010 - 3:22pm
Welker: 'Disappointing' Moss wanted trade

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.

"I think that was kind of a difficult thing," Welker said. "Just because he was the guy always giving pep talks before the game, halftime, after the game. Not knowing that he was wanting to get traded the whole time was a little bit disappointing. But at the same time, he's doing what's best for him. It's a business. You just have to kind of roll with it."

Welker anticipates some aspects of the New England passing game changing.

"You know, I think Randy obviously brought a deep presence to him," Welker said. "Things may change a little bit, but we have some fast guys that can definitely go deep and stretch the field...

10/07/2010 - 1:15pm
Francona on D&H: 'Tek's true colors showed'

Terry Francona joined Dale & Holley to take one last look at the 2010 season as well as look back at 2004 after the recent 30-for-30 documentary about the American League Championship series. The manager was asked about his decision to lift Jason Varitek during the season's final game so he could get an ovation from the Fenway crowd.

 

"I thought Tek's true colors really showed this year," Francona said. "Things didn't work out the way he expected them to. Going all the way back to when we acquired Victor [Martinez], this guy had a lot of chances to either want to go somewhere else or not show his leadership, and all he did was get better. He got more vocal. He got more open. He communicated. I just wanted him to have a chance to let the fans show their appreciation." 

 

On the bullpen, Francona said that the price tag was simply too high to make a trade at the deadline. "I thought we were...

10/07/2010 - 12:47pm
Four missing from start of Pats practice

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.


10/07/2010 - 12:19pm
Belichick explains Moss trade

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.”

In a press conference that lasted just over six minutes, Belichick said Moss was “really a pleasure to coach,” and he “enjoyed having him on our team.” He also mentioned that the deal was not related to money.

“When I spoke with Randy yesterday morning, our conversations, consistent with what they’ve been over the last four years, were honest, open and very forthright,” Belichick said. “We talked about a lot of things which I will keep between Randy and...

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