Moss Talks … Some

Randy Moss talked with reporters in the New England area this week as the Patriots opened minicamp, but reiterated his reluctance for media interviews and said he doesn't plan on talking to the fans through the media much this season because it's not his job.

Similar situation, different year.

Wide receiver Randy Moss decided to speak to the media, was surrounded by a gaggle of reporters and talked about his expectations with his third NFL team as the New England Patriots had their official minicamp.

"Long, long anticipation of getting here, getting to camp, being around the guys, and just seeing how this organization is ran. I'm liking everything I see," said Moss, who was traded to New England from Oakland on draft weekend for a fourth-round pick.

After 42 receptions and three touchdowns in 2006 and a continued string of nagging injuries that limited his playing time and effectiveness, his stock had fallen that far. Back when the Vikings traded him away to Oakland in March 2005, he was worth a first-round pick, a starting linebacker (Napoleon Harris) and a seventh-round pick, but that was after seven seasons of producing – gaining at least 1,000 yards receiving in each of them except the last one (767 yards in 2004).

In Oakland, he rebounded to have 1,005 yards in 2005, but he had a career-low 553 receiving yards last season.

"I don't really want to call it a new beginning," Moss said of his move to the NFL's most successful franchise over the last five years. "It's something that you dream, and the New England Patriots sits high on a lot of people's charts. As a wide receiver, to come and play with a core of guys, with Tom Brady, Kevin Faulk and the offensive line, it's a great group of guys that we have on the field and off the field. That's something I can really enjoy."

New England had a surprisingly aggressive approach to free agency this year, adding WRs Donte Stallworth, Wes Welker and Kelly Washington, LB Adalius Thomas, TE Kyle Brady, CB Tory James and RB Sammy Morris in addition to Moss.

"The expectations that you guys and everyone else puts on us is all on the outside," Moss said. "Once we go out to practice, Coach (Bill) Belichick puts us through hard work, even in the classroom. We can't expect anything less, so our expectations are high even inside the locker room."

While his "Super Bowl, homeboy" comments still air frequently on KFAN radio in Minnesota, Moss' Super Bowl hopes are as legitimate now as they've been since he and the Vikings were upset in the 1998 NFC Championship game by the Atlanta Falcons. During his seven seasons with Minnesota, his reluctance to conduct interviews was commonplace, and that doesn't seem likely to change in New England given his comments Wednesday.

"I think I get a bad rap just for the fact that I'm not that open. Hopefully you all don't take it in a negative way," Moss said. "I don't really like to do interviews because that's not my job. My job is to catch touchdowns and help the team win. I don't really plan on being too much in front of this mic all year, so take it how you want to take it."

And with that, the Randy Moss era in New England is underway.

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