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In today's edition of the News Blitz... We catch up with TE Alex Smith.

The Boston Globe offers a piece on Patriots tight end Alex Smith, who talked with the media Thursday at Gillette Stadium. Smith shared with the media that he is friends with former Patriots tight end Daniel Graham, who offered him words of advice and encouragment.

"Daniel is a good friend of mine. He was very excited," Smith said yesterday. "I think he may have been more excited that I was here than myself. He's just been offering lots of words of encouragement, just trying to make sure I get settled in as easily as possible."

The Providence Journal also offers a similar feature on Alex Smith.

*The Boston Globe's * "Reiss's Pieces" blog offers the fifth part of a continuing breakdown of the Patriots roster. This edition takes a look at defensive backs. breaks down six teams, including the Patriots, that will have their stars back in the mix for 2009.

*The Bleacher Report *takes a look at the faces behind the New England Patriots 2009 coaching staff.

Take a look back at 2001 Patriots Super Bowl season in a feature by The Bleacher Report aptly titled "Unrelenting Underdogs: How the New England Patriots Saved America"

What is the status of Tom Brady now that the Patriots are gearing up for the new season? analyst Pat Kirwan shares his thoughts on the matter with Jason Horowitz in a exclusive video.

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