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News Blitz 8/24: What to make of Mitchell

While the Patriots saw the return of several injured players earlier in the week, they also unfortunately had a few added to the list of the missing.

One of them is Malcolm Mitchell, and ESPNBoston.com wonders what the Patriots can expect from the wideout in the future. Mitchell and Rex Burkhead are among those missing time at practice. MassLive.com wonders if Dion Lewis could see an expanded role against the Lions with Burkhead out.

The third preseason game often leads to more playing time for the regulars and the Boston Globe says the Patriots are gearing up for that with their trip to Detroit. The Boston Herald says Tom Brady is ready for the increased workload. CSNNE.com writes about Brady's goal to feel the rhythm of the game in Week 3.

Unlike college football, Bill Belichick believes there are no "Division 4" opponents in the NFL. ESPNBoston.com offers the top five plays from Dont'a Hightower. The Boston Herald has Dwayne Allen admitting that learning the Patriots offense is difficult.

The Worcester Telegram has Harvard product Max Rich enjoying his opportunity with the Patriots. MassLive.com believes Chris Hogan is well ahead of where he was last year at this time.

NESN.com cites history and feels the time is right for a Patriots trade.

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