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News Blitz 5/13: New look for Pats staff

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As last week came to a close, the Patriots made the team's assistant coaches available to the media. There are some additions to the staff as well as some new and in some cases redefined roles among the coaches. looks at one of the returners, Bret Bielema, and how his new job title came about this season. The Patriot Ledger focuses on the dual role that Joe Judge will fill this season, working with both receivers and the special teams.

There are still some questions left unanswered, however. Tops on that list is the identity of the new defensive play-caller.

NBC Sports Boston believes offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels will make size matter for the Patriots offense this season. notes Demaryius Thomas working out at Gillette Stadium while he continues his return from a torn Achilles suffered late last season.

Mother's Day was at the forefront for the Patriots as several players took some time to offer thanks to their mom's on the special day.

Nationally, Tampa Bay's Gerald McCoy is embroiled in a contract dispute but maintained that he will be on the field at some point this season. He didn't mention where, and he's a player Bill Belichick has spoken highly of in the past. So, perhaps the defensive tackle is on the team's radar as a trade candidate.

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