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Patriots.com News Blitz - 2/12/2008

The Patriots haven't wasted any time making roster moves this offseason.

As The Boston Globe notes today, New England has signed T.J. Slaughter, a linebacker who was out of the NFL last year after bouncing around the league since 2000. He was a college teammate of current Patriots 'backer Adalius Thomas.

Sports Illustrated takes an in-depth look at the Super Bowl, and its ensuing fallout, on their website. Here's an excerpt from the lengthy, but interesting read:

Tom Brady was heavily pressured on 12 pass-drops in game one and sacked once; New England scored 38 points. Brady was heavily pressured and/or knocked down 23 times (and sacked five times) in the Super Bowl; New England scored 14 points.

I have not watched the coaches' video from the Super Bowl, something I did do after game one, but a friend who watched every offensive snap of the Patriots in both games told me the chipping and double-team blocks of Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora were down from the first meeting.

Why? I don't know. With two excellent chippers in the lineup (tight end Kyle Brady, third-down back Kevin Faulk) on passing downs, it makes no sense they weren't used more to help slow down the Strahan and Umenyiora rushes.

Meanwhile, a columnist in upstate New York gives a somewhat humorous description of how his friend, a Pats fan, isn't dealing well with New England's loss in Super Bowl XLII.

And for an unconventional account of one fan's journey to Glendale, Arizona for the Super Bowl, check out today's Jerusalem Post, where a fan from the Middle East chronicles his trip and explains his affection for the Patriots.

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