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Patriots.com News Blitz - 10/12/2006

The Boston Globe's Bob Duffy offers an interview with Heath Evans, who scored his first career touchdown last Sunday against Miami. Whether he's running the ball or blocking like a true fullback, Evans can do it all.

Shalise Manza Young of The Providence Journal reports on Evans' role on the team as well.

Howard Ulman of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette also reports on Evans, who has developed an affinity for lead-blocking. It's something he feels confident in his ability to do.

Mike Reiss offers T*he Boston Globe's *Patriots Notebook, which includes a feature on defensive lineman Vince Wilfork. Wilfork said there is one statistic he uses to gauge his performance: rushing yards allowed.

The Boston Herald's John Tomase features cornerback Chad Scott. Scott was a starter at Pittsburgh and filled in nicely against the Bengals while Ellis Hobbs was out with a broken wrist.

Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald* *offers a feature on Tedy Bruschi. It's been a year since Bruschi suffered a stroke which took him off the field for a while. His solid return earned him an ESPY award for Biggest Comeback. "With my partnership with the American Stroke Association, I feel I'm someone a lot of people look at as strictly a stroke survivor who happens to be playing football, not the other way around. I'm proud of that," said Bruschi.

Albert Breer of the Boston Herald reports on the unusually high number of passes Brady had batted down in the third quarter of the Miami game. According to Belichick, batted passes aren't always the quarterback's fault.

John Tomase of the Boston Herald* *offers an interview with Richard Seymour. "Other teams are constantly gunning at us," Seymour said. "We have a lot of work to do, but we have an opportunity. We have a shot. We have hope."

Boston Herald writer Karen Guregian reports that Tom Brady will be spending his bye weekend with his girlfriend, "Six Degrees" star Bridget Moynahan. "I'm going to go see my girlfriend," the Pats quarterback said before leaving yesterday. "She's been coming up to see me quite a bit in the last few weeks, so I'm going to see her in New York."

The Providence Journal's* *Shalise Manza Young offers analysis on the Patriots redzone performance thus far in the season. Various Patriots players weigh in on the difficulties of performing well in the redzone.

Hartford Courant writer Alan Greenberg reports on newly acquired receiver Jabar Gaffney. Gaffney finished out a four-year contract with the Texans before being signed by the Eagles, who later released him. He's excited to be in New England. "Losing is not even brought up around here," Gaffney said. "It's not accepted."

Eric McHugh of The Patriot Ledger* *offers analysis on the Pats first five games, assigning each group a letter grade.

Glen Farley of The Enterprise talks to Patriots players about their bye-week plans. For the first time in weeks, some Pats will be home while others are on the road. Then it's back to work on Monday.

Mike Parenti of the Woonsocket Call* *reports that the Patriots players cherish this little bit of time off.

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