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Patriots.com News Blitz - 8/14/2006

In today's News Blitz, Laurence Maroney and Corey Dillon may not want to be called a one-two punch, but the media noticed the hits the duo put down in Friday's game against the Falcons.

*The Boston Globe's *Mike Reiss reports that running backs Corey Dillon and Laurence Maroney gave coach Bill Belichick what he was looking for in Friday's game at Atlanta. Coach Belichick said one of the big differences between evaluating players in practice and games is the yards gained after contact. The debut performances of running backs Corey Dillon and Laurence Maroney rated highly in that category.

Patriots linebacker **Rosevelt Colvin** is all business. On the field he's in the business of banging heads, but off the field his business is booming as well. The Globe's Mike Reiss has the story.

Boston Globe writer Jerome Solomon takes a look at a few questions facing the Patriots. Team members and coach Belichick weigh in on the pressing issues.

The *Boston Herald's *Michael Felger explains why tight end Ben Watson and running back Laurence Maroney are exactly what coach Belichick is looking for in a player. Included are three players Felger sees as up-and-coming and three on their way down. In a related story, Felger puts the spotlight on tight end and running back draftees since 2000.

The *Boston Herald* lines up all 32 current NFL head coaches to see who's the best. Belichick tops the list, while first-year Jets coachEric Mangini lands in the shuffle at the bottom.

Herald writer John Tomase takes a look at cornerback Asante Samuel's performance in the exhibition opener against the Falcons.

Tomase also offers a story on running backs Corey Dillon and Laurence Maroney.

The* Hartford Courant's* Alan Greenberg offers a piece on center Dan Koppen's return from last season's shoulder injury.

Mike Reiss of The Boston Globe offers his daily blog.

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