Moss checks in
FOXBOROUGH -- Receiver Randy Moss spoke with the media today at Gillette Stadium:
Some of the Q&A:
How are you doing?
"I'm all right. I've been nursing my injury or whatnot. It was a long, lengthy process. Of course, it got me very frustrated because I had really high expectations for myself to come in here and be a part of the team. I didn't really get any preseason play, and I don't know if that helped me or hurt me. We'll see."
Will it take you a while to get into football shape?
"It's not really football shape. It's really getting adjusted to the tempo of how they play here in New England and really going out and executing the play that's called. I'm not really worried about my conditioning. I'm just really worried about fitting in and making sure I don't let this team slow down because of me."
You talked about being disappointed...
"This offseason with the minicamps and the passing camps and everything, I really tried to focus on getting the plays down and making sure they can count on me in any situation. For me, to have a month off, and not being able to practice and go out there and playing games and competing, that's what was frustrating. I come here, I get treatment, I go to meetings, I learn what everybody is learning, but when it's time to play, I can't play. That's what was frustrating."
But you're prepared...
"I prepared like it was a regular game week. Like I said, the only thing I couldn't do was play and that's what was frustrating."
If coaches gave you the green light and said you can play Sunday, could you do it physically?
"Yeah, of course. That's what I'm paid to do, is play football. If I get the green light, of course."
Are you excited about that?
"I'm really still excited to just be here and be a part of this organization, so everything else that comes with it, of course I'm going to be happy."
What do you say to the fans who want to see you out there?
"I really want to be a part of it, so I'm really as anxious as they are. The only thing I can really say is that when I get out there, I will be out there ready to play. I guess I'm as excited as they are."
What are the chances you'll play Sunday?
"I guess nobody is telling you anything, so I'll just hold it a question mark too. My thing is that I want to play. Will I play? I don't know. We'll just leave it at that."
Is the injury worse than you thought or is it a matter of being cautious?
"I think it was really the approach to really try to fix and heal my leg up and really not have it lingering throughout the season, [instead] of trying to rush me back and getting me back to practice early, and things like that. Me and the guys in the training room got well acquainted. I mess with them every day. That's one thing, I graduated out of the training room, so I go back and see them every day and cut jokes. That was the main thing they wanted me to do, that when I do go out there, I'm ready to go."
How disappointing would it be if you can't play?
"I will not be satisfied until I'm out there with the boys. That's what I do. I don't cut checks. I don't shine shoes. I don't tape ankles. I play football. That's what I came here to do, so by me to not be able to do what I love to do, of course it's going to be frustrating."
Do you feel like you've made progress with your injury?
"For the most part. I'm happy with where I am. The biggest thing is my playing shape and how it will affect me when I'm out there. That's the main thing that is really worrying me, is how good of game shape I'm in. Not the plays and not going out there making things happen, hopefully all that will take care of itself. That's the main thing, because like I said earlier in this interview, I don't want to do anything to slow the team down. If I'm out there slowing the team down, I'll definitely pull my own self out."
Is part of about holding yourself back -- that maybe you feel like you could go but probably shouldn't?
"No, it was all trainers. They know more than me. Everybody gets paid to do a certain thing. They had to do their job and definitely tell me what to do, what not to do. I did abide by their rules, and that's why I say we got well acquainted. They did a helluva job of getting me rehabilitated and getting me back and getting me back to the practice field."
Tom Brady has talked about the nuances of how he wants his receivers to run routes. Did you have enough time with him to know how he wants you to run routes?
"Me and Tommy talk every day, as far as the routes and the depth, and how he likes things. He's very, very, very picky and that's a good thing. It's not a bad thing, because he's the quarterback, he has to distribute the ball. Whatever he likes is what we're going to do. We've already been through all that."
Being around these guys, what is your excitement level to be a part of it?
"I've been excited since Day 1, the day I talked to Coach Belichick. I keep telling him day in, I look forward to coming into work, to learn this offense, and their style of play. I'm still having fun, and that's the main thing I wanted to get back to, to try to not rejuvenate my career, but make me get back, or let me get back to doing what I do best, and that's making plays. I'm still enjoying myself, still being happy, and I continue to do that."