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Media roundup: What they're saying about Randy Moss trade

Here's a look at what other media are saying about Randy Moss.

• Tim Graham of ESPN.com's AFC East blog writes a pretty thorough account of what the Patriots' trade of wide receiver Randy Moss means for New England.

The New England Patriots' offense evolved to the point Randy Moss was marginalized through the first quarter of the season.

• Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star Tribune's Access Vikings blog caught up with Vikings All-Pro defensive tackle Kevin Williams, who believes Moss won't cause the same types of distractions he did during his first stint in Minnesota.

"I think from what I've seen from Randy since he left here is he's really grown into being a perfect pro," Williams said. "He let all that stuff go. I think he just focused on playing football. You could see it when he got out of Oakland. It was different and he was just focused on making plays and playing ball."

• Monique Walker of the Boston Globe's Extra Points blog anticipates Patriots rookie tight end Aaron Hernandez will receive increased opportunities with the departure of Moss

He leads the Patriots with 240 yards on 18 catches. His longest reception is a 46-yard grab that was mostly due to his shifty work down field. Hernandez makes people miss and seems comfortable enough to take on a more pronounced presence in the offense.

• Fox Sports.com's Jason Whitlock believes trading for Moss is a desperation move on the part of the Vikings.

Think about it. The trade of the league's most talented receiver says far more about the level of desperation in Minnesota than it does about Bill Belichick's dissatisfaction with Moss or Tom Brady's inability/ unwillingness to land Moss a contract extension in New England.

• SI.com's Kerry J. Byrne argues that the Patriots were a more efficient offense before Moss.

The best teams throughout history might have looked better with one of these glossy hood ornaments glistening in the Sunday sun, but they never needed them to run well.

• ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss reports that Moss and Patriots quarterbacks coach Bill O'Brien were involved in a heated exchange during halftime of Monday's game at Miami.

Player sources said the halftime exchange was not the first time they had felt friction between Moss and O'Brien, who calls the offensive plays.

Compiled by Mike Miller

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