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Patriots.com News Blitz - 11/03/2010

Patriots guard Logan Mankins reported to Gillette Stadium yesterday, after a long holdout when he missed the June-14 deadline to sign his tender. New England will receive a two-game roster exemption for Mankins, meaning the team won't have to release a player from its 53-man roster for two games after Mankins signs his one-year tender, according to ESPNBoston.com. The Pats two-time Pro-Bowl playmaker will earn 9/17 of his $1.54 million contract agreement (which was 110 percent of his 2009 salary), or about $815,000, according to the Boston Globe.

Read more about Mankins' return in the Boston Herald.

As many as 10 teams have expressed interest in acquiring the newly available wide receiver Randy Moss, who was officially released from the Vikings yesterday, reports the Boston Herald. For Moss to return to the Pats, who have the best record in the NFL and hold last place in the claiming order, every other NFL team would have to pass on the future hall-of-famer.

Watch a slide show of eight possible teams Moss may land on Boston.com.

Either way, with the return of Logan Mankins, and sitting atop the league, "For [the] Patriots," the Boston Globe writes, "it's all falling right into line."

Read a breakdown of one of the Pats' top performers, Danny Woodhead, who has 36 carries for 178 yards, two touchdowns, and 14 catches for 136 yards, one touchdown in five games with New England, on ESPN's New England Patriots Blog. See where Woodhead measures up to other Patriots in target percentage through Sunday's game against the Vikings on ESPNBoston.com.

Read more about Woodhead in the Boston Globe.

Both the Globe and Herald notebooks also discuss the possible return of running back Fred Tayor, who's missed the last four weeks due to a toe injury.

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