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News Blitz 8/17: Patriots readying for the Saints

Today's News Blitz looks at how New England is getting ready for its trip south this week to hold joint practice sessions with New Orleans.

The Patriots wrapped up the public viewing portion of training camp practice over the weekend. The team will hold another pair of summer workouts at Gillette Stadium today and tomorrow before flying to West Virginia to hold joint practices with the Saints at The Greenbrier, New Orleans' summer resort training facility.

The Boston Globe writes that the workouts with the Saints “will be a good evaluation tool” for Bill Belichick's team.

The Globe continues its ongoing coverage of the Deflategate issue, saying Tom Brady’s legal battle with the league is “far from over.” The paper also takes a look at how veteran free agent Jabaal Sheard is fitting in New England.

The Providence Journal notes that Brown alum James Develin continues to perfect his role in New England. says that Malcolm Butler's limited playing time in the preseason opener against the Packers is a sign of the second-year cornerback’s place on the team. Mike Reiss also offers up his weekly must-read Sunday notes. looks at 10 Patriots we will know more about after this coming week, including wide receiver Josh Boyce. The site also ponders the seemingly annual question about Devin McCourty potentially playing cornerback.

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