FOXBORO, Mass. — One June practice without pads won't exactly serve as a Magic 8-Ball for the 2010 regular season, but Randy Moss was outstanding on Wednesday afternoon on the fields outside of Gillette Stadium.
The Patriots' star wide receiver caught everything thrown in his direction — high throws, low throws, maybe even a hot potato or two — and his highlight snag was a leaping, toe-tapping grab over cornerback Leigh Bodden along the left sideline.
It was quite the performance for Moss in his second voluntary practice of the offseason, and he capped it off with a rare minute-long chat with the media.
"Everything is good," Moss said. "It's a fresh start. It's a new year. Everybody came in very enthusiastic and ready to get this thing going. The only thing I can say, man, is I'm ready to come to work."
Moss has been a regular at the Gillette facility during the offseason, working out in preparation for 2010 and leading the charge to play basketball with his teammates in the afternoon. So far, so good for the big-play wideout, who has really embraced the organization's offseason transactions, as well as head coach Bill Belichick's philosophy to move in a better direction after last year's troublesome conclusion to the playoffs.
"I like everything," Moss said. "I love all the additions. The younger guys look good. The older vets look good. I think Bill has really emphasized that this is a new year. We're going to get back to basics and do things the right way, so I'm very excited about this season, not just for me but just for the whole team just to see how far we can go."
Moss' practice performance might have been overlooked due to Wes Welker's cameo in the session, which Moss said was "very impressive," but it was a good sign nonetheless. Moss is entering the final season of a $27 million, three-year deal, and his performance in 2010 will go a long, long way toward the value of his next contract.
If this June snapshot is any indication, it's promising for the Patriots. Moss began to walk off the field when he said "the sky is the limit" for Welker, to which Moss was asked if the same was true for him. The energetic wide receiver didn’t miss a beat.
"You better believe it," Moss said.