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Jeff Howe of* The Boston Herald* reports that Patriots offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer will be activated from the physically unable to perform list, according to a source.  This means that the right tackle will be able to practice for this first time this season, possibly as soon as this Wednesday in Tampa. "Marcus Cannon has been the team's starting right tackle in Vollmer's absence, but he'll slide into a reserve role once Vollmer is ready for full-time duty," writes Howe. "Backups Matt Kopa (ankle sprain) and Kyle Hix have also been out of action, so Vollmer will provide a big lift to the position."

Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com writes that Patriots DE Chandler Jones seems to be "the real deal" and a "permanent fixture" at right defensive end thus far in Training Camp. "While Jones has impressed on the field, he's also made an impression on his teammates off the field as a humble rookie who is willing to carry veterans' shoulder pads on his way off the field," adds Reiss.

Tom E. Curran of CSNNE.com writes that newly acquired RB Jeff Demps could be a weapon for the Patriots this season. "What do we know? That the University of Florida product is breathtakingly fast. Perhaps the fastest player to ever enter the NFL at 100 meters. That he set the world junior record in the 100 in 2008 (10.01). That he only returned 21 kickoffs in four years at Florida. That he is short (5-8) and built like the proverbial brick outhouse (180 pounds). That he's a gadget guy at this point." Curran sees Demps as a possible fit in not only the return game, but also the screen game, stating that the mere threat can be a distraction to opposing defenses.

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