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Patriots.com News Blitz 8/2/04

Hey Patriots fans... we have you covered. Starting this week, let Patriots.com be your personal clipping service. Patriots.com News Blitz will scan the newspapers and Internet for everything Patriots and serve it to you every morning, Monday through Friday. Be sure to check-out Patriots.com News Blitz every day for the latest on what's being written about your favorite team. Sorry, coffee and doughnuts are not included.

In "Scouts Honor," Brian DeLucia unveiled his 2004 NFL coaching prospect rankings for FOXSports.com. Ranking third on the list for top current assistant coaches in the NFL was Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, and next was defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel.

With the trade of Nomar Garciaparra (we couldn't get through the News Blitz without mentioning Nomar could we?) from the Red Sox to the Cubs, the Globe's Michael Vega says that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is now the face of New England sports. "Most adored by female fans, most photographed by the media, most prominently featured on magazine covers, and most recognized by the Boston sports cognoscenti, Brady's face seems to represent something larger than just the Patriots," says Vega. … In his Patriots Notebook he focuses on an outstanding offseason by Daniel Graham.

Adam Kilgore has a feature on Dan Koppen in the Globe.

The Boston Herald's Kevin Mannix writes that the loudest applause during the early portions of training camp have been for Brady, and suggests that some fans have developed into "Bradyphiles." "The thousands of fans who have been jamming the Gillette Stadium facility during the early days of the Pats training camp love their football and their football players even more," says Mannix. … In his Patriots Notebook he writes that Brady was bowled over by the trade of Garciaparra (reference number two).

Michael Felger reports in the Herald that the only thing that gives away Dan Klecko away as a linebacker is that it's the position he's playing at during training camp. "The Klecko experiment will be one of the most interesting storylines to follow in Patriots camp, as the former collegiate nose tackle tries to carve a niche as an inside linebacker," says Felger.

Tom E. Curran of the ProJo writes that Koppen is both invisible and invaluable. "Unrecognizable though he may be, Koppen was an absolutely indispensable part of the 2003 Super Bowl champion Patriots," writes Curran. … In the wake of the Garciaparra (that's three if you're counting) trade, Curran's notebook gets Bill Belichick's and Brady's reaction on trading a marquee player.

Alan Greenberg of the Hartford Courant has a feature on Josh Miller. "If no one knows who the hell I am," Miller said, "I'm doing well."

In The Republican, Chris Kennedy reports that it's looking more and more likely Eugene Wilson will be a safety this season.

The Patriot Ledger's Eric McHugh (no online version) has a feature on David Patten, who is showing that he's past last season's injury as part of the Patriots mix at wide receiver. "Patten's looming battle for a roster spot has been well documented," says McHugh. "Where once the Patriots couldn't field even three legitimate NFL receivers, now they have more than they can carry."

Mark Farinella writes in The Sun Chronicle (no online version) that Adam Vinatieri has forgotten about his past success and has moved on to this season. "To those in the cheap seats, Vinatieri is as close to deity as a mortal man can get -- a true ``money'' kicker whose talented right foot brought New England its two most recent championships in any professional sport," says Farinella.

Dan Pires of The Standard Times takes a look at lingering questions during training camp. … Russ Charpentier has a piece on Deion Branch in the Cap Cod Times.

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