FOXBORO, Mass. -- They walked up the stadium steps side-by-side at 8:40 this
morning, no one else in sight. Just the quarterback and receiver engaged one-on-one
in a private conversation.
As Tom Brady and Randy Moss reached the top of the steps as one, they officially
began Training Camp together for the most anticipated season in New England Patriots history.
Walking onto the practice fields full of teammates and surrounded by already-filled
stands and hillside, Moss began to jog and the applause started to ripple through
the stands and hillside. They dynamic duo had arrived, and fans are already
salivating over the prospect of seeing the two of them together frequently,
hopefully in the end zone celebrating touchdowns.
Once on the field, Brady and Moss showed flashes of what might be as they hooked
up on a long bomb down the sideline to the delight of all. Moss also showed
his intensity on Day One when he dropped a sideline pass from Brady, and kicked
the ball in disgust.
Following the two-hour opening session, Moss addressed the need for togetherness
with his quarterback.
|Randy Moss speaks to the swarm of media this morning
at opening day of training camp. (Photo John Ingoldsby PatriotsInsider.com)
"I think that in order for us to have the chemistry on the field, we first
have to build a relationship off the field," stated Moss. "That's
one thing that we're trying to do. I'm not trying to step on his toes and he's
not trying to step on mine. It's just a mutual friendship and we have an understanding
and we have high respect for one another. Like I said, we have to start a relationship
off the field in order for it to work on the field. We're starting that."
The talented receiver added, "We don't really have to click as individuals.
I think we have to click as a whole unit. You have 11 players on the field and
if one of those 11 lets down, then anything can happen. It's not just me and
Tom who need to be on the same page. We need 11 guys on offense, 11 on defense
and 11 on special teams and everybody needs to contribute. Everybody has a job
to do. Hopefully we can all do that."
Legions of Patriots fans are hoping the same thing, and that this promising
season ends how it began. Tom Brady and Randy Moss walking together OFF the
field in Phoenix in February, only this time with a Super Bowl trophy in tow.
John Ingoldsby has covered the New England Patriots for various publications
the past 13 years. He began writing about the NFL for newspapers in the 1970s.
John is a member of the Professional Football Writers of America. You can find
him on the Patriots Insider boards under the handle Rudiee.