FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -Rodney Harrison knows that when he's working out, he can count on Randy Moss lifting weights in the same room.
Now comes the next test. Can the New England Patriots new wide receiver carry that effort and togetherness with teammates over to practices and games?
"He didn't lose a step," Harrison said. "He's fast, faster and fastest. And having been in minicamp and having those practices with him, I didn't see him drop one football. Not one."
Moss will command plenty of attention from fans and the media when the Patriots start training camp on Friday, six months after they blew an 18-point lead and lost the AFC championship game to Indianapolis 38-34.
New England traded for Moss on the first day of the draft April 28, hoping his skills would outshine his troubles once he joined a successful franchise filled with team-oriented veterans.
"He didn't get in any trouble. He works hard," said Harrison, a free safety entering his 14th season, fifth with New England. "Every time I'm in the weight room, guess what? I see Randy Moss in the weight room."
Harrison would like to see cornerback Asante Samuel on the field but understands his contract dispute is part of the business of football. He spoke with Samuel on Wednesday.
Samuel can accept the Patriots' one-year, $7.79 million offer made when they designated him a franchise player or stay away from camp. He has said he would sit out the first 10 regular-season games. The sides failed to reach a multiyear agreement by the July 16 deadline.
Samuel tied Champ Bailey of Denver for the NFL regular-season lead with 10 interceptions last season.
Moss said frequently last season that he thought he'd be better off with a team other than Oakland, where he spent the past two seasons. During seven years with Minnesota, where he made five Pro Bowls, he was fined $10,000 for pretending to pull down his pants and moon the Green Bay crowd during a Vikings playoff win, and drew criticism for leaving the field with 2 seconds left in a loss to Washington.
The offense did lose two major contributors. Tight end Daniel Graham signed with Denver and running back Corey Dillon wasn't re-signed, making Laurence Maroney the starter in his second season.
"Bill's a great talent evaluator," Harrison said. "He has a vision of what he wants and how a certain player will fit into his scheme."
"We're very optimistic about this year," he said, "but we still have a lot of work to do. We haven't even had our first practice yet."
"He's made some mistakes in the past. I've made mistakes in the past that I regret," Harrison said. "But the guy is Randy Moss. He's a great football player and he's going to make great plays for us this year.
"We're excited about it."