Randy Moss is rejoining the NFL and his announcement on Monday has created maximum buzz. It's worth remembering, though, that the last two times Moss was available to the general NFL populace, not a single team really gave a crap. After the Vikings released Moss in 2010, only the Tennessee Titans claimed him. Moss responded with numbers that made Ocho's 2011 Patriots campaign look like a breakout year. Moss caught six balls for 80 yards in eight games. And before the 2011 season began, Moss got nothing from anyone. I'm told the Patriots and Moss were in contact prior to the 2011 season but it was perfunctory and never gained any traction because New England's interest was so tepid. Moss then announced his retirement. Now, quite predictably, he is back on the market. So after the Patriots, Vikings and Titans gave up on Moss and he took a season off, he is going to dominate the conversation for a few news cycles. Fine, but that's what needs to be kept in perspective. Could he have helped the 2011 Patriots more than Ocho? Yes. And he could have done that wearing overalls and sucking on a toothpick while running routes. But do the Patriots want to bring Moss in on the ground floor of their 2011 team-building or make him part of the finish carpentry? My guess is -- and since this is just gathering momentumit is only a guess -- the Patriots will build their team in other ways first and if Moss is still available, then they will talk with him. But the urgency is not on New England.
FOXBORO -- Though Dion Lewis is expected to practice this week, he was not on the field with teammates Wednesday.
Lewis was eligible to begin practicing last week but remained sidelined. On Wednesday morning, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported that the Patriots running back would be on the field this week. Once Lewis does begin practicing, the team will have three weeks to determine whether or not he is activated.
Newly-acquired Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy was present for his first practice in New England about 24 hours after being dealt by the Lions. The 6-foot-3, 243-pounder was working out with Patriots off-the-ball linebackers (Dont'a Hightower, Jamie Collins, Elandon Roberts) to begin the session.
The Patriots have parted ways with practice-squad offensive lineman Chase Farris, it appears. His spot on the 10-man practice-squad unit has been taken by defensive lineman Anthony Johnson.
Tom Brady answers a question from Tom E. Curran on his ability to run for 1st downs on 3rd and 5.