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Patriots.com News Blitz - 07/29/2009

As key members of the special teams unit has departed for other teams, see who the Patriots might use to fill the voids. Also, find out five defensive issues in today's blitz.

When special-teamers Lonnie Paxton, Larry Izzo, Kelley Washington and CB Ellis Hobbs parted ways with the Patriots, the special teams unit will have some new faces for the upcoming season . According to a Metro West Daily News story, the team could replace Paxton with either Nathan Hodelor Jake Ingram. Hodel was signed as a free agent from the Arizona Cardinals while Ingram was selected as a six-round pick out of Hawaii. Ex-Viking LB Vinny Ciurciucould step in to replace Izzo and WR Matthew Slatershould see time returning kicks in the absence of Hobbs.

Lastly in today's blitz, the *Sun Chroincle *lists the top five concerns on the defensive side of the ball.

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