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Posted by Christopher L. Gasper, Globe Staff  December 16, 2009 08:00 AM

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Brown was asked if he thought Moss gave up on the out route that ended up in a Brady interception by Carolina corner Chris Gamble, who said after the game Moss shut it down, and acknowledged it looked like Moss didn't finish the route.

"That situation it looked like he just kind of pulled up when he saw the ball was thrown outside and he didn't have a chance to get it," said Brown. "We are taught to finish plays. It's kind of hard to see. Who knows? I don't think...he has too much respect for that organization and for that team to dog it on these guys. Nobody knows what really happens in his head and the things that are going on during the week, and you don't know his health situation."

Brown said that route-running is an area Moss has really improved upon since first coming to New England.
"Randy has worked really hard to become a route runner, a lot of his game was based on speed and running past people," said Brown, who worked with Moss on route-running. "I think it's paid off for him. He's never been a Reggie Wayne when it comes to running routes. The routes he's run are based on running by people, that burst of speed off the line and then you run an in-cut and the guy is just bailing out."

Brown said that you could tell by Moss's body language on the bench that he was not happy with his performance or the way things were going, but that we shouldn't make too much of Brady's pep talk to Moss being a sign of distress.

"Everybody needs to be pumped up and reassured that 'we still need you to make some plays.' It's hard sometimes to go out there and catch one ball," said Brown. "It's hard to stay focused and feel like a part of the game when you're not seeing much action. ... It's kind of hard to understand that when you're not involved in that action.

"We all as receivers want to see the ball. We want to make things happen. I believe that's what Tom was saying, 'Stay in there. Shake it off, forget about it and come back and make the next play.' Tom has done it with me, and he's done it with everybody."
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