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Patriots.com News Blitz - 07/26/05

Jerome Solomon of the Boston Globe offers an article today on Patriots defensive coordinator Eric Mangini. Solomon writes that Mangini draws his success from his varied past experiences from Australian Football to his time working with former Patriots defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel. "Hopefully, I can build on the experience I had with him. Build on the success that he had, some of the mistakes that he may have made, that he shared with me, things he wished he would have done differently," said Mangini.

Jerome Solomon of the Boston Globe reports that the Patriots signed first-round draft pick Logan Mankins. The Patriots were the first NFL team to sign its first round choice. Michael Felger of the Boston Herald reports that Mankins signed a five-year deal worth $6.4 million with $4 million in bonuses and guarantees. Tom Curran of the Providence Journal also reports on the signing.

Michael Felger of the Boston Herald offers his sixth in a series of position-by-position looks at the Patriots heading into training camp. The sixth article in the series takes a look at the backup running back position. Felger notes that second-year running back Cedric Cobbs will compete with Kevin Faulk and Chad Morton for the chance to spell Dillon.

Alan Greenberg of the Hartford Courant offers his predictions on the top 10 AFC storylines for the 2005 season.

Mike Reiss of the MetroWest Daily News offers his daily sports blog with Patriots notes.

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