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Patriots.com News Blitz - 09/02/05

The Patriots lost to the New York Giants last night in the preseason finale at Gillette Stadium to the score of 27-3. Doug Flutie started at quarterback behind a line of second and third tier players as Belichick chose to not play any of his starters(37 total) as they prepare to take on the Oakland Raiders on Thursday, September 8. Jerome Solomon of the Boston Globe, Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald, Tom Curran of the Providence Journal and Alan Greenberg of the Hartford Courant all offer a recap of the game.

Bill Belichick got a long look at players on the bubble last night. Ron Borges of the Boston Globe writes that Belichick's decision not to dress half the team made it easier for him to get players most in need of assessment one last chance to prove they belong. The Patriots will need to make their final cuts to get down to the 53-man roster by Sunday, September 4.

Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe breaks down Doug Flutie's performance in last night's preseason loss to the Giants. Overall Flutie was 8 of 13 for 69 yards, one interception, no touchdowns and a QB rating of 43.4. Flutie offered no excuses for his poor play. "It was one of those nights where we couldn't get anything going offensively. Obviously, we've got to get better. We had a few plays in there, but the negative plays kept us out of down and distance," said Flutie.

With the final preseason game in the books, Michael Felger of the Boston Herald writes that David Terrell, P.K. Sam and Bethel Johnson all put their best feet forward in their bids for the final wide receivers spots. "You guys are making a big deal about the (roster cuts), but it's up to them to decide," said Johnson.

Jackie MacMullan of the Boston Globe is reports that linebacker Tedy Bruschi, who suffered a stroke Feb. 15, revealed yesterday he intends to play football for the Patriots next season. "I'm definitely playing next year. That's my ace in the hole. It's a little hard to sit back and watch the guys [this season], but it's easier knowing I've got something to look forward to. My goal is to play football again, but it wouldn't have been my goal if my doctors weren't on board and my family wasn't on board. They are," said Bruschi.

Jerome Solomon of the Boston Globe is reporting that wide receiver Peerless Price visited Gillette Stadium wednesday and met with Patriots personnel. The 5-11 wide receiver was recently cut by the Atlanta Falcons after a disappointing season were had 45 catches for 575 yards and 3 TDs.

Tom Curran of the Providence Journal offers his daily sports blog with Patriots notes and commentary.

Mike Reiss of the Boston Globe offers his daily sports blog with Patriots notes.

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