Key New England Patriots Moss, Brady Make It To OTAs

June 1, 2010- By Jonathan Lowell

The Patriots welcomed in veteran players to off-season OTAs the day after the Memorial Day holiday.  Tom Brady and Randy Moss were among the players returning to the AFC powerhouse.  They will participate in important team-building activities for the next few months

The team activities last week were for rookies and players new to the Patriot’s system.  This week, the intensity will be higher as the starters will be able to play with their new teammates for the first time.  Moss will be able to try out new moves on young corners, and Brady will get to throw to one of his new targets.

Brady will benefit next year from an influx of new talent at tight end.  Alge Cumpler leads the group that also includes Rob Gronkowski, and Aaron Hernandez.  Crumpler was a star with the Atlanta Falcons during the Michael Vick era.

The former Tarheel standout was a second round draft pick by the Falcons in 2001, and has gone to the Pro Bowl four times since.  He had an average season in 2009 and finished on a bad note, dropping a Kerry Collins pass on the five-yard line to help the Baltimore Ravens beat the best team in the AFC during the regular season.  He looks for a new start in 2010.

Another veteran that Brady will have a chance to utilize this season is receiver Torry Holt.  Holt also had a mediocre season in 2009 on the mediocre Jacksonville Jaguars.  He grabbed 55 receptions for the club, but failed to have a touchdown reception.

Over his career, Holt has 75 touchdown receptions with the St. Louis Rams, but he was released by request in before the 2009 season.  Once a part of “the greatest show on turf”, Holt will try to bring some of that magic to New England he had with Kurt Warner.

Randy Moss entered camp under heavy media attention after parting ways with his long-term agent Tim DiPiero.  Moss felt that he needed someone new to help him with his prospects after the Patriots.

“I’m going to play the year, I’m not coming in to start any conflicts or be disgruntled,” said Moss. “I don’t think I’m realistically in the future plans of the Patriots. But if the New England Patriots don’t want me in their future, [it’s a business]. I understand.”

Four days of OTAs will be held this week in Massachusetts, followed by four sessions next week.  The team’s only minicamp will be held June 15-17.

USA Sportsbooks have set the Patriots as one of the favorites to win the 2010 AFC Championship at 6/1.  Were they to win the AFC, they would be one of the favorites to win Super Bowl XLV at 12/1.

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