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Patriots.com News Blitz - 8/26/2008

Speaking for the first time since missing last week's preseason game against Philadelphia, Patriots quarterback Tom Bradytold WEEI 850 AM on Monday that he will be in the lineup for Week 1 regardless of whether or not he suits up for Thursday's exhibition game at the Meadowlands.

"Whether I play, or don't play, I'd be ready no matter what," said Brady in a piece in today's Boston Herald.

The Boston Globe also chimed in on Brady's status, in addition to detailing wide receiver Chad Jackson's performance against the Eagles in which in he caught his first career touchdown pass at Gillette Stadium.

Also, the Patriots are putting the finishing touches on piecing together their nickel and dime packages on defense, which will most likely feature newcomer John Lynchand fellow safety James Sanders.

With roster cuts looming on the horizon, versatile wide receiver Ray Ventronecontinues to make his push for more playing time. The former safety-turned-wideout had a breakthrough performance against the Eagles and has value because of his ability to play on special teams, too.

Speaking of players on the bubble, head coach Bill Belichickspoke glowingly about Matt Gutierrez, praising the former De La Salle quarterback for his tremendous work ethic.

Belichick also talked about the difficult decisions he faces when it comes time to make roster cuts. The first wave is due today at 4 p.m., followed by the final cuts on Saturday. Thursday will be the last opportunity for fringe players to make a good impression.

Quick hits

The Patriots continue to make headlines nationwide, with the* Las Vegas Review-Journal *suggesting the Patriots aren't in panic mode yet because they haven't had their full team on the field.

The Denver Post mailbag suggests the reason the Patriots signed Lynch is because his former team, the Broncos, is on their schedule this season.

In fantasy football news, *CBS Sportsline *advises team owners to take a chance on wide receiver Jabar Gaffney, who could have a big season now that Donte Stallworth is in Cleveland.

Also, former Patriot Dan Klecko is making a name for himself with the Eagles.

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