Some sights and sounds from Thursday's media availability for the Patriots at the Westin-Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale:
Whether by accident or not, Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker was positioned at Riser No. 3 this morning, and the background there (left) has a picture of former Patriots receiver -- and former possessor of the No. 83 jersey -- Deion Branch making a catch during his MVP performance against the Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX.
Across the room, wide receiver Randy Moss drew the largest media crowd of the session. Asked how he felt about more media responsibilities this morning, a hooded Moss joked, "I'd rather be up in bed."
A reporter later asked Moss if he was feeling the hype of Super Bowl XLII yet, to which Moss replied, "I'm not fired up yet.... I'm trying to stay low key right now." Moss said the adrenaline would start flowing on game day when he steps on the field.
Vince Wilfork isn't looking past Sunday's game, but he spoke about how prepared the Patriots organization is. "They have guys already working towards next year... They've got a Plan A, B, and C ready. That's what makes this team different from other organizations."
With the media session winding down, Lonnie Paxton killed time by playfully tossing some crumpled up paper at Matt Light, who had a few reporters around him.
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