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Patriots.com News Blitz - 5/9/2012

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Peter King of SI.com writes that Patriots free-agent defensive end Andre Carter will be ready to practice full-speed in training camp after injuring his quad late last season.  King writes that the Patriots "could have interest in him again," while also speculating that the Baltimore Ravens may also kick the tires on the veteran defesive end after an offseason Achilies injury to All-Pro pass rusher Terrell Suggs.

**Shalise Manza Young** of The Boston Globe notes that Patriots guard Logan Mankins, who received ACL surgery after injuring his knee in the Super Bowl, attended Matt Light's retirement ceremony on Monday withouth a knee brace.  Reports in March stated that Mankins was on track to be ready for training camp.

**Mike Reiss** of ESPNBoston.com writes about Matt Light's career long battle with Chron's disease. Light stated that the disease -- one that affects the digestive system --factored into his retirement decision.  He decsibed his summer in 2004 which consisted of a 30-day hospital stay, calling it "one of the darkest periods in my life."  Light continued, "The pain became so difficult that in the offseason it just paralyzed me. I'd hit the ground. You can't wake up. You can't sit down. You can't do anything without this becoming a problem."  Light's weight dropped from 315 to 260 pounds post-operation, causing him to miss the first three weeks of training camp. He missed only six games over his final six seasons in New England.

**Mike Reiss** also notes in his weekly mailbag that he expects Chad Ochocinco, Donte' Stallworth, and Anthony Gonzalez to bee the odd-men-out at wide receiver in his early projection of the Patriots 53-man roster.  He also projects seventh-round draft pick Jeremy Ebert to be on the practice squad, leaving Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd, Jabar Gaffney, Deion Branch, Julian Edelman and Matthew Slater as the active receivers.

**Tom E. Curran** of CSNNE.com writes that Patriots sixth-round draft pick Nate Ebner has a chance to flourish in the NFL, according to his former Ohio State coach and ex-Patriots LB Mike Vrabel. "He's got the ability to run at a high rate of speed and move and bend without slowing down," said Vrabel. "He can run through traffic without losing speed. Guys that cover kicks and maintain their speed in traffic are what you're looking for."  Ebner, a former rugby player who tallied only 23 tackles in three college seasons, will get his first chance to showcase his skills on Friday when rookie minicamp opens at Gillette Stadium. "Whether you play rugby or wrestle as in Stephen Neal's case, you develop good balance, good body control. When you are a national caliber athlete in a sport, chances are there will be carryover," explained Vrabel.

**Christopher Price** of WEEI.com writes that former Patriots WR Tiquan Underwood has agreed to terms with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Underwood played in six games for New England last season, recording 3 catches for 30 yards over that span.  He'll be reunited with his former Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano who is entering his first season as head coach in Tampa Bay.

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