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Patriots.com News Blitz - 09/24/2009

In today’s blitz, a member of the offensive line knows what to expect in the coming weeks and learn which special-teamer could return sooner than expected. Also, Tom Brady talks about his mechanics, the Patriots look "ordinary" according to one source and Bill Belichick comments on Matt Ryan.

T Matt Lighthas perhaps the most important job in protecting QB Tom Brady. After last week's loss to the New York Jets – a game in which Brady faced constant pressure – Light understands opposing defenses will attempt similar schemes to disrupt the offensive rhythm. "If you see (a team) have a problem picking something up in the middle, more than likely you’re going to see that again," Light [stats] said yesterday according to the Boston Herald. "You're going to see it within the game, you're going to see it in the weeks following, you know, they're going to test you at those things. Light added improvements must be made moving forward in the season.

After enduring what seemed to be a serious elbow injury, many speculated WR Matthew Slaterwould not make the roster. Despite being unclear as to what happened when the injury occurred until viewing it on film, the speedy return man admitted he was in serious pain according to the* Boston Herald*. "I didn't know what was going on, but I just knew I was in a lot of pain," he said yesterday, discussing his injury for the first time. "That was all I could really think about at the time, that I was hurt." It turned out the severity of his injury was not as bad as previously expected and no surgery was needed. Slater recently returned to practice wearing a non-contact jersey.

According to the Providence Journal, QB Tom Bradyadamantly denies his struggles thus far are due to a shoulder injury or rust after missing all of last season. "There are some positive things I took out of the last game, in terms of my mechanics and driving the ball. It's still not where I'm 100 percent comfortable where the mechanics are at, but that's why I'm still working on it."

Sportingnews.com suggests the Patriots "look ordinary." How come? Read the full story here.

Former Boston College standout QB Matt Ryan will return to New England Sunday to face the Patriots for the first time. According to The Enterprise, Head Coach Bill Belichick spoke highly of the young Falcon who's led his team to a 2-0 start. "Ryan's good. Very accurate. Makes good decisions. Knows where to go with the ball and can put it on the money," Belichick said.

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