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News Blitz 2/1: Broncos CB Aqib Talib praises Patriots

Today’s News Blitz includes a variety of New England news items, including some wondering about what could have been this week.

The Broncos and Panthers have arrived in San Francisco for a week of build up to Super Bowl 50 that officially begins with Media Day, which is now a prime time event on Monday night.

But back in New England, some are still contemplating what could have been had the Patriots been able to pull off one more win.

The Boston Globe has a story that "you should be reading today…" The Globe a supposed letter from former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, offering up some of his thoughts on his former teammates from his prison cell. Tom Brady is reportedly going to attend an event for Michigan football’s signing day for new recruits on Wednesday.

Rob Gronkowski was at the Senior Bowl over the weekend, the entire family in town to support Kansas State fullback Glenn Gronkowski in the prospect showcase. The Globe's Sunday football notes focus on the key upcoming dates on the NFL calendar and how they relate to the Patriots.

Lions future Hall of Fame receiver Calvin Johnson is apparently considering retirement.

The Boston Herald says that there are plenty of Super Bowl 50 stories to write, even without the Patriots in the big game. The Herald also says that an aging Brady is very much in need of support from his group offensive linemen moving forward to 2016.

The Providence Journal offers up a final report card on the Patriots positions groups for the 2015 season. reminds us all that one year ago today Malcolm Butler cemented his status as a New England sports legend with an interception to clinch the Patriots fourth Super Bowl title. Mike Reiss' weekly notes leads off with news that Butler skipped the Pro Bowl due to a knee injury. has a few thoughts leading into Super Bowl 50. The site also looks at Talib praising the Patriots.

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