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News Blitz 7/26: Andrew Hawkins retires

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Bill Belichick kicked off Patriots training camp on Wednesday morning, addressing the media for the first time this summer. Despite that, says the coach has mastered the art of saying nothing.

There's always a surprise or two in store when camp gets underway for the Patriots. One minor surprise was the retirement of wide receiver Andrew Hawkins. claims that could open the door for rookie Austin Carr. Speaking of Hawkins, the wideout also said he will donate his brain to CTE research. A New York Times report shed some light on the issue of CTE as well. believes it's a big year for Rob Gronkowski, who is trying to battle back from yet another back surgery. The Boston Globe has Alan Branch in its player spotlight.

The Boston Herald reports the Patriots are riding a 13-year wave in terms of having an undrafted free agent on the roster. They also offer five battles to watch in training camp.

Meanwhile, the Attleboro Sun Chronicle says camp will offer time to fine tune an already impressive offense. The Patriot Ledger continues its camp preview, wondering which unknowns will emerge this year. The Worcester Telegram offers five things to watch as well. wonders which starting jobs might be up for grabs.

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