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News Blitz 4/5: Patriots safety Nate Ebner's Olympic rugby pursuit

Today’s News Blitz has a wide-range of New England news, including a look at the motivation behind Nate Ebner’s pursuit of Olympic rugby glory.

The NFL's dominance continues to evolve, taking another step into the digital landscape this week.

The Boston Globe notes that the league reached a deal with Twitter for the social media behemoth to stream Thursday Night Football games this coming fall. Appropriately, the NFL confirmed the deal in a tweet.

The* Globe* also has the obituary of Patriots legend Julius Adams, who passed away last week at the age of 67.

The Boston Herald also breaks down the NFL’s deal with Twitter. The Herald continues a series of Patriots draft prospect previews with a look at fumble-prone but productive Arkansas running back Alex Collins and Ohio State quarterback-turned-wide receiver Braxton Miller. has a feature on Nate Ebner’s pursuit of Olympic glory, driven by the memory of his late father.

Midway through the offseason and prior to draft weekend, says the separation between the Patriots and the rest of the AFC has clearly grown this spring.

The debate of candidates for potential induction into the Patriots Hall of Fame takes place this week, and says Bill Parcells is not a guy worthy of inclusion at the Hall at Patriot Place. The site notes that some “tough calls” loom on the Hall horizon in Foxborough. Despite reports to the contrary at times in the past, says there are no hard feelings among Patriots scouts as the Bill Belichick-led draft process unfolds annually. has Roger Goodell saying the NFL playoffs are “likely” to expand at some point in the future. also says the Patriots are one of the most well-rounded teams in football at this point in the team-building process.

The Worcester Telegram has Matt Light and Logan Mankins indicating that Dante Scarnecchia’s return to coaching will have a massive positive effect on the New England offensive line. "He'll always have his guys prepared and if they're not prepared he'll find someone that is prepared. That's the best thing about Dante. Those young guys have a rude awakening coming. They have never had anyone like him. They better be in shape because he's going to test you."

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