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Patriots.com News Blitz - 5/19/2008

The Boston Globe reports that New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick gave an exclusive interview with "The CBS Evening News" on Friday in which he denied telling former employee Matt Walsh to be discreet when taping opponents' signals, but he did admit that the taping of opposing teams was wrong. The *Providence Journal * also reports on Belichick's exclusive interview with CBS.

A piece in today's Boston Globe discusses the damage that has been done to the Patriots franchise from the cameragate scandal.

The Boston Herald catches up with Patriots running back Sammy Morris, who suffered a sternum clavicle separation last season against the Dallas Cowboys. Morris appears to be fully healed from the injury that ended his season prematurely last year and has been participating 100 percent in the offseason program.

"I feel pretty good," Morris said. "I've been in the offseason program 100 percent. I haven't had any setbacks or anything. From what I know, I'll be ready to go."

The *Boston Globe * reports that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was honorary chairman for the Audi Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port this past weekend. Brady surprised his five offensive lineman by giving them each an Audi Q7 SUV. Dan Koppen, Stephen Neal and Logan Mankins were present at the charity event to accept their rides. The cycling fund-raiser benefited people with intellectual disabilities.

"These will keep you well-protected, just like you make me feel - sometimes," said Brady.

A Boston Herald piece notes that Patriots backup quarterback Matt Cassel is ready for what is expected to be a heated competition between fellow quarterbacks Matt Gutierrez and Kevin O'Connell to be the primary backup to Tom Brady.

"It's the NFL. No matter what you do, or wherever you go, there's going to be competition," Cassel said. "It's always interesting when a young guy comes in. They're playing catch-up a little bit, because they're a rookie. I just have to go out and do what I do. Embrace the competition, and have fun with it."

An *AP story * in the *Providence Journal * today notes that NFL owners could opt out of their collective bargaining agreement with the players union this week, leaving open the possibility of a 2010 season without a salary cap. The labor agreement is on the agenda for the league meetings in Atlanta on Tuesday.

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