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Patriots.com News Blitz - 10/01/2009

In today’s news blitz, Fred Taylor and Tom Brady speak about Baltimore’s defense, Stephen Gotskowski comments on his game, learn two players reuniting Sunday, the team signs a player to the practice squad and Ed Reed is discussed.

Ed Reed. Ray Lewis. Terrell Suggs. It can only mean one thing. On Sunday, the Patriots will host the Baltimore Ravens and their stingy defense. Defense has been the staple of their franchise dating back to the Brian Billick-Rex Ryan combination that won Super Bowl XXXV. That tradition holds true with second-year head coach John Harbaugh. As for the Patriots, there is no shortage of praise towards their adversary. "They're a great defense, always have been, ever since I've been in the NFL," RB Fred Taylorsaid according to the Boston Globe. "They're a defense that challenges you, they get up in your face. On tape, they seem very physical. Not dirty - they play within the rules - but very aggressive, a lot of pressure up front. They disrupt a lot." QB Tom Bradyalso weighed in on the defense. "They've got instinctive players at every position. They can really disrupt offenses because each of their guys adds his own unique quality to the defense."

The Boston Herald reports that after missing his first attempt of the season, K Stephen Gotskowskihas connected on nine straight field goals. "It doesn't matter to me what kind of game I have, as long as I feel I'm making the kind of kicks that help the team win." Read additional comments from Gotskowski including how he's helping the team not only with his right leg.

According to the Boston Globe, Patriots TE Robbie Agnoneand Ravens QB Joe Flacco followed a similar path to the NFL. Click here to find out their story.

The USA Today reports the Patriots signed LB Prescott Burgessto the practice squad and waived DL Adrian Grady.

Numerous sources, including The Telegraph, Boston Globe, Boston Herald *and *The Enterprise, all believe dealing with Ravens S Ed Reed is a daunting task. Read Bill Belichick’s comments about Reed here.

It's safe to say Bill Belichick is not scared to keep his punter on the bench and attempt a 4th-down situation...At any time. Evident by his decision to go for it on fourth-and-1 from his own 24-yard line last week against the Falcons, Belichick is a rarity among NFL coaches according to the USA Today.

According to Foxsports.com's Week 4 Cheat Sheet previewing the Patriots-Ravens game, QBs Tom Bradyand Joe Flacco share a stat regarding their start in the league. Cick here to learn what it is.

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