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News Blitz 8/20: Brandon LaFell feeling more comfortable in the Patriots offense

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Lee Schechter]( of ESPN Boston writes that Patriots WR Brandon LaFell is beginning to feel more comfortable in the Patriots offense after feeling admittedly 'shell-shocked' during OTAs.

"I've learned in this game that when you go out there and force, force, force every time, something bad happens," LaFell said during media access on Tuesday. "When you go out there and do your job, be patient, things are going to happen for you." READ MORE>>

Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe writes that it's still unclear whether or not Patriots LB Jerod Mayo will play during Friday night's preseason game against the Carolina Panthers.

"Jerod Mayo confirmed that his absence last week was not due to a personal issue, but otherwise the linebacker didn't say much about his status or whether he'll play Friday night when the Patriots host the Panthers in a preseason game," adds Manza Young. READ MORE>>


Erik Frenz]( of writes that the recent expansion of practice squads from 8 to 10 players could be good news for Patriots players on the roster bubble.

"Some notable Patriots players who now have practice squad eligibility under the new rules include wide receiver Josh Boyce, safeties Tavon Wilson and Nate Ebner, running back Brandon Bolden, offensive lineman Josh Kline, and defensive tackles Joe Vellano and Jerel Worthy," notes Frenz. READ MORE>>

Rich Garven of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette believes Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, James Develin and James White are the only locks to make the Patriots roster at running back.

"That leaves veteran Brandon Bolden, undrafted rookie Roy Finch and Gray competing for likely one spot on the 53-man roster," writes Garven. READ MORE>>

Doug Kyed of calls QB Jimmy Garoppolo, WR Brian Tyms, DE Zach Moore, LB Jamie Collins and CB Malcolm Butler the biggest winners from training camp.

"Butler has done the impossible for an undrafted rookie out of Division II West Alabama: He has generated more headlines in training camp than Darrelle Revis — and he doesn't even have a Wikipedia page," writes Kyed. "Butler hasn't been perfect, but he has proven to be playmaker. On Monday alone, the rookie cornerback picked off Tom Brady and stripped Rob Gronkowski." READ MORE>>

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