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News Blitz 8/2: Matthews to IR

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After initial media reports indicated that WR Jordan Matthews had been outright released by the Patriots, it now appears that he’s reverted to the team’s injured reserve list after clearing the waiver wire. That information was revealed on the NFL’s transaction wire yesterday. An ESPN report has adds further details regarding Matthews’ situation and potential future with New England.

Elsewhere, The Providence Journal caught up with CB Eric Rowe, who has developed a thicker skin and increased playing time following the events of Super Bowl LII.

“I had a lot of comments coming left and right,” Rowe said. “I kind of feel like, the people who actually watched the game kind of knew [how I played]. The only play I gave up was that perfect pass in the end zone. I know that third down — that third down hurt. It hurt me, too. Other than that, I think I had a couple pass breakups, a couple tackles. But that’s how the game works.”

On a website called The Athletic, one former Patriots linebacker declares that he’s not a fan of the NFL’s new helmet contact rule, which goes into effect this season.

“The idea of a rule punishing humans for forward-leaning head contact in a collision sport is, in itself, insane,” he argues in part.

NBC Sports Boston’s website examines the brewing competition at punter between incumbent Ryan Allen and rookie Corey Bojorquez. Conclusion: it’s a close race at this point.

Boston Sports Journal looks at the issues facing New England’s offensive line following an early exit by RT Marcus Cannon yesterday.

WEEI.com spoke with veteran TE Dwayne Allen about his hopes for a better 2018 after a disappointing 2017 outing.

On a lighter note, the Boston Heralds reveals why at least a pair of important Patriots has become fans of hot yoga.

“Yeah, we just look at each other and chuckle,” said one of the well-known names on the roster. “But it’s actually pretty relaxing. It’s fun.”

And a Boston Globe piece explains why certain Patriots were wearing a particular t-shirt with a message underneath their shoulder pads Wednesday.

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