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News Blitz 8/1: Rookie RB James White could have a significant role

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Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston checks in on the Patriots rookie class and notes that RB James White is a player who has stood out in early practices.

"Has opened eyes with how many quality reps he's getting and looks like he'll be a significant part of the team's attack -- on all three downs," writes Reiss about the fourth round draft pick. READ MORE>>

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Chris Gasper](http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2014/07/31/danny-amendola-has-much-prove-patriots/ngdC5N4IydDLFe5l716GhI/story.html) of the Boston Globe writes that Danny Amendola's learning curve is much less in his second year with the Patriots.

"Amendola is out of the spotlight, but he is still on the spot," adds Gasper. "He is the highest-paid receiver on a team that has significant questions about its receiving corps. If the Patriots are going to provide quarterback Tom Brady with a better arsenal of pass receiving options than last season, Amendola's comfort level and production have to go up in year two or the team could send him on a go route after it." READ MORE>>

Ben Volin of the Boston Globe shares analysis of Rob Gronkowski's performance at Patriots training camp on Thursday morning.

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Chris Burke](http://www.si.com/nfl/2014/07/31/best-quarterbacks-peyton-manning-aaron-rodgers) of Sports Illustrated ranks Tom Brady as the No. 4 quarterback in the NFL, behind Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, and Drew Brees.

"Brady is no longer at the height of his greatness -- Super Bowl wins in 2003 and '04, MVP honors in 2007 and '10," writes Burke. "He remains, however, an irreplaceable QB able to diagnose defenses as well as any quarterback ever." READ MORE>>

Andrew Perloff of Sports Illustrated reports that QB Brady Quinn worked out for the Patriots on Monday.

FOX Sports announced yesterday that Quinn will be joining their broadcast team as college football and NFL game analyst.

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