FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots released
Reche Caldwell, their leading receiver from last season, on Monday, when
offseason addition Randy Moss and cornerback Asante Samuel returned
Caldwell, 28, had 61 receptions for 760 yards and four
touchdowns last season, but also had two key drops in the AFC
Championship Game loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
The Patriots acquired several receivers during the offseason,
including Moss, known for his enormous talent, but also for
attitude problems. Moss missed all four preseason games with a
hamstring injury, but returned to practice Monday.
Coach Bill Belichick said he wasn't sure if Moss would play in
Sunday's opener against the New York Jets.
"We'll see where he is and evaluate it on a day-to-day basis
and move forward," he said.
Moss said he has maintained his conditioning, but that sitting
out has been frustrating.
"I will not be satisfied until I'm out there with the boys,"
he said. "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."
Samuel, who tied for the NFL lead with 10 interceptions last
season, returned to practice after signing a one-year $7.79 million
contract last week. Samuel held out most of camp looking for a
long-term deal after the Patriots applied the franchise tag to him
in February, preventing him from becoming an unrestricted free
Samuel's status for the game against the Jets was also
"There's a lot of things that he needs to do, but he's working
hard at them," Belichick said. "He's been here before and he at
least has an understanding of the system and so forth."
Belichick didn't say much about the loss of two key defensive
players -- injured lineman Richard Seymour and safety
Rodney Harrison, who was suspended for violating the league's substance
Belichick didn't elaborate on why Seymour was placed on the
physically unable to perform list, saying only: "I think based on
all of the information that we had that was the right thing to do.
I don't know how else to put it.
Harrison's suspension was "unfortunate," Belichick said, but
he refused to discuss it further.
Quarterback Tom Brady said Harrison would be missed.
"Any time you miss a good player like that it strains other
parts of the team, but hopefully we have enough good players to
make up for it," he said.