New England Patriots: Pats players reaction to Moss trade

Brady on Moss: 'Randy knows how I feel'

October, 7, 2010
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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady discussed the Randy Moss trade with Scott Zolak on Patriots.com on Thursday.

Brady, who has often talked about his friendship with Moss and his appreciation of him as a teammate, expressed strong feelings for the veteran receiver but said the team is prepared to move on.

“Randy really knows how I feel about him," said Brady. "I love him, as a guy, as a person, as a player. He did a lot of great things for this team. At the same time I think coach Belichick feels that’s what he thinks he needs to do for the team.

“We as players, we deal with it and we move on. I think I’ve been around long enough to realize nothing really surprises me and the best thing that I can do is be the best quarterback that I can be for the team.”

To watch part of the interview, click HERE.

Crumpler touches on Moss trade

October, 7, 2010
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Veteran tight end Alge Crumpler, who has become a leader in the Patriots locker room, was the first player to answer questions from reporters today on the trade of Randy Moss.

Asked his reaction to the trade, Crumpler responded by saying he’s seen several trades over his 10-year career.

“You still have to show up to work and come in and be a professional,” he said. “A guy like myself [tries to] keep the guys in the locker room together, so we go out there and continue to play. We still have 12 games to play. It’s important for us to go out as a team and make things happen.

“We all, in this locker room, love Randy,” he continued. “He’s a Hall of Fame player. I probably haven’t played with two or three Hall of Fame players in my career,” he said. “I studied him, I watched him, I learned a lot from him. Like coach said ‘I wish him well, we all wish him well, except for when they come in here.’”

When asked how stunned he was at the news, Crumpler said, “Everybody is looking for a reaction. There is nothing we can do to bring him back. All we have to do is focus on playing and staying together. The one thing I do know about this team is that if we believe in each other in this locker room, we can go out and beat anybody. We showed that Monday night and we’ll continue to show that.”

Banta-Cain on Moss: 'We all love him'

October, 7, 2010
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Outside linebacker Tully Banta-Cain shared his reaction to the trade of Randy Moss.

“We understand the business. We understand his situation. He’s moving on, we move on,” Banta-Cain said.

“We all personally love him, love him to death. A business decision had to be made and we have no control. We just move on and go about our business.”

Asked if he has gained an understanding as to why the trade was made, Banta-Cain said he wasn’t in a place to speak on the topic.

“It’s between him and the organization,” he said. “I just come here to play football and do my job. Hopefully it all works out for him and works out for us.”

Asked his thoughts on the mood of the team, and if this shakes the foundation of the team, Banta-Cain expressed confidence.

“I think we’re confident with the guys that are here,” he said. “We have a big game coming up against Baltimore and it’s a good thing this happened now as opposed to leading into the week. We had a good day of practice today. We’ll just try to keep building on the confidence we have already.”

Welker 'surprised' by Moss trade

October, 7, 2010
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – On Thursday after practice, Patriots receiver Wes Welker shared his reaction to the trade of Randy Moss.

“I think we were somewhat surprised,” Welker said. “Obviously, Randy is a great player and a great talent. In the end, Coach is going to do what’s best for the team. This is what he thought was best for the team and we fully support that.”

Welker touched on the deep presence Moss brought to the offense, and how the offense might change a bit in his absence. Welker also said he might now be in more of a leadership role among receivers.

“I’m the older guy in there, and just try to bring these guys along,” he said.

Asked about losing a presence like Moss in the locker room, Welker said, “I think Randy brought a lot to this team and did a lot of great things. He really brought this organization to a great standard. We hope to keep that standard around here.”

Welker was asked about reports that Moss had wanted out, asking to be traded.

“I think that was kind of the difficult thing, just because he was the guy giving the pep talks before games and halftime, and after the game,” Welker said. “Not knowing he wanted to be traded the whole time was a little bit disappointing. At the same time, he’s doing what’s best for him. It’s a business. You just have to roll with it.”

Asked a follow-up question if it was his understanding that Moss wanted out, Welker said: "I don't know. You'd have to ask Coach Belichick. I'm hearing the same rumors you all do. I'm not exactly positive."

Emotional Wilfork reacts to trade

October, 7, 2010
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork was emotional and passionate when speaking Thursday about the trade of receiver Randy Moss.

“It’s a business. That’s how you have to look at it. I mean, I was very fortunate to play with a guy like Randy and have a chance to know him as a person, not just an athlete. Great person, great athlete, but probably one of the greatest guys you’ll ever meet. The game. His personality. How he approaches the game. Business. It’s a classic case of business. It happens all the time," he said in hushed tones at his locker.

"We’re going to keep rolling. I’m pretty sure Randy is going to do what he has to do in Minnesota. One thing is for sure – we’re friends forever. So I’ll talk to him, he’ll talk to me. Just because we’re on the other side doesn’t mean a thing. I want to beat him when we face him. I do want to beat him. From a personal standpoint, good guy. That’s business.”

Asked if he's disappointed that Moss is no longer on the team, Wilfork responded "of course."

“Any time you lose someone that you’re close to and you’ve been playing with for a while [who] taught you a lot and actually seen a guy like that work on the practice field, and seen him put up a record in the NFL ... Those are memories. He has a place in Florida. I have a place in Florida. I’m pretty sure we’ll hook up at the end of the season and fish and golf like we always do.”

Asked about any issues with Moss in the locker room, Wilfork said: "We never had problems with Randy. Our locker room is our locker room. We never had an issue. I can’t remember an issue we had. That was business. It’s all business. It happens. You have to move forward from it. That’s something we’ll do around here.”

When asked how the Patriots could possibly be better without Moss, Wilfork said time will tell.

“We’ll all see. I can’t answer those questions. We can answer them on Sundays,” he said. "We have 53 men on this roster. Time will tell. I’m not going to say ‘no’ or ‘yes’. We have a lot of football to play. I’m happy with this team, with everybody that’s around here, young and old guys. I’m very excited with this team. I’m looking forward to seeing how far we can go with this team."

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