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Patriots.com News Blitz - 8/16/2006

In today's News Blitz, Maroney has a hair razing experience with Daniel Graham. Bam Childress and Pierre Woods are in the fight.

Six different cornerbacks started at least one Patriots game in 2005. Ditto for the 2004 season. The Boston Globe's Mike Reiss explains that three corners hope to change that this year. This weekend's Cardinals game should be a good test of their stability, with receivers like Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, and Bryant Johnson coming to town.

*Boston Globe* writers Mike Reiss and Jerome Solomon offer interviews with rookies Laurence Maroney and Garrett Mills. In last weekend's Falcons game, Maroney led all rushers with 66 yards on nine carries, while Mills topped all receivers with five receptions for 75 yards. As it turns out, neither player had ever attended an NFL game before.

The *Boston Herald's* John Tomase offers a feature on Maroney. Maroney gained some respect in New England after the Falcons game, but his teammates are sure to keep him humble. He lost his eyebrows this week - in the name of tradition of course. "He had a choice," linebacker Tully Banta-Cain said. "He kept his dreads, but he lost his eyebrows. He's walking around looking like Whoopi Goldberg right now. It's OK. They'll grow back." Maroney took it in stride, as seems to be his style.

Tomase also explains that the secondary is busy with preparation for the Cardinals offense in the Herald's training camp notebook. Included are bits on Mills and Harrison.

Albert Breer of the MetroWest Daily News explains that Pierre Woods, who played both linebacker and defensive end in college, is doing a good job playing outside linebacker for the Patriots. He's been working extensively with the second team defense.

Bam Childress is the focus of a feature by *The Providence Journal's* Paul Kenyon. With Branch still no where to be seen, Childress is fighting for a roster spot again this year.

Globe writer Mike Reiss offers his daily blog and mail bag.

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