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Patriots.com News Blitz - 8/28/2008

This year's rookie class has left a positive impression on Bill Belichick, who applauded the newcomers by labeling them among the hardest workers he's coached since his arrival in New England.

Those rookies will be among the players competing for roster spots in tonight's preseason finale against the Giants.

Another player looking to make a positive impression tonight is wide receiver Chad Jackson, who is coming off his best preseason performance after catching a touchdown pass last week against Philadelphia.

Speaking of tonight's game, the Boston Herald provides us with five things to watch as the Patriots put the finishing touches on their preseason and get ready for their Week 1 opener against Kansas City.

The Providence Journal offers a similar viewpoint, specifically pointing out the intense battle for the backup quarterback position between Matt Casseland Matt Gutierrez.

The *Herald *also takes a look at Wheatley, who has emerged as one of the top rookie performers heading into the regular season.

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In New York, the Giants have a much different take on tonight's preseason finale, which is also a rematch from Super Bowl XLII.

Giants running back Brandon Jacobs has a different take.

Elsewhere, ESPN offers its 2008 season preview in which each of its football writers picks the Patriots to win the AFC East division.

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