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Thursday, June 3, 2010
Leftover quick-hits from practice

By Mike Reiss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – A few leftover quick-hit thoughts from the Patriots’ organized team activity Wednesday:

1. Receiver Randy Moss still makes difficult catches look easy. Moss enters his fourth season in New England and because of that it’s sometimes easy to overlook his excellence. Yet he remains a player who commands the eyes of any observer watching a Patriots practice. He appears to be in very good condition.

2. The tight end spot is one of the most interesting to watch because of the complete turnover from 2009. At one point, rookie Aaron Hernandez was lining up with Moss and Co., in a no-huddle drill, a sign that he is keeping up with his playbook and could project to have a significant role in the offense.

3. Bill Belichick often talks about how Year 1 to Year 2 is the biggest jump for players, and it looks like the Patriots are projecting Darius Butler to take that big step. He was at left cornerback opposite starter Leigh Bodden in drills. Butler started five games last season.

4. Wes Welker’s presence on the practice field was the story of the day. One follow-up thought: As much as Welker did in front of media members, one has to figure he’s pushing himself that much harder behind closed doors.