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Jerome Solomon of the Boston Globe reports that Richard Seymour was again missing from training camp as he continues to hold out due to his contract dispute. Solomon also offers some day 2 practice notes.

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe offers a story on Patriots defensive end Jarvis Green who recently agreed to a five-year deal worth upward of $18 million with a $3.5 million signing bonus. Green would be the top candidate to start should Richard Seymour choose to holdout the entire season.

Michael Felger of the Boston Herald writes that though the Patriots have lost their two starting inside linebackers (Ted Johnson, Tedy Bruschi), Richard Seymour is holding out of training camp and the players are adjusting to new coordinators on both sides of the ball, the Patriots are still primed to repeat their success of previous years. "In 30-plus NFL seasons I can tell you that some of the seasons where teams have undergone the most change or what might be perceived as the most difficult circumstances turn out to be the best years," said Bill Belichick.

Jerome Solomon of the Boston Globe reports that Bill Belichick has given Patriots high marks to tight end Ben Watson who continues to shine during training camp. Belichick is quoted as saying that Watson is "an exciting player to have on the field." Watson is looking to make the sophmore jump and show off the skills that made him a first-round draft pick of the Patriots last year.

Mike Reiss of the MetroWest Daily News offers his daily sports blog with Patriots notes. Reiss offers some day 2 practice notes.

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