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News Blitz 9/6: Breaking down the Cardinals

With the regular season now less than a week away the Patriots have their sights set on Arizona for their opener with the Cardinals. Bill Belichick spoke at length about his first opponent, praising Bruce Arians' team in a number of ways.

ESPNBoston.com focuses on running back David Johnson and how dangerous he can be. Belichick says to hold on before comparing Johnson to Marshall Faulk, however. The Boston Herald looks at the Patriots secondary and how they might attack the Cardinals offense. Meanwhile, Jimmy Garoppolo is ready to take the reins. Finally, WEEI.com has five things you need to know about the Cardinals.

While the Patriots didn't make any earth-shattering moves during cuts, one minor surprise was keeping Jonathan Jones over fellow rookie Cre'von LeBlanc. ESPNBoston.com provides some reasons why the Bears quickly swooped in and claimed LeBlanc off waivers.

WEEI.com reports on the Patriots eight practice squad additions.

MassLive.com provides a look at what to expect from Patriots wide receivers Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan. CSSNE.com says rookie Cyrus Jones is taking advantage of his new locker location.

Despite Tom Brady's suspension, ESPN still feels the quarterback will make the difference in the AFC East.

In Arizona, Darren Urban kicks off Patriots week with a chat on azcardinals.com. The Arizona Republic says the Cardinals have done a nice job of checking their egos at the door when it comes to team building while team president Michael Bidwell believes this is the most talented team in franchise history.

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