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Patriots.com News Blitz - 8/4/2007

As many of you may know, Andre Tippettwas inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. ESPN.com has the full transcripts of both, owner Robert Kraft'sand enshrinee Andre Tippett's speeches.

A year after setting the franchise record for receptions in a season (112) and then missing most of the off-season activities due to injury, WR Wes Welkerreturned from the physically unable to perform list on Saturday.

Since being drafted by the Patriots with the 10th overall pick in April's NFL draft, the excitement to see LB Jerod Mayoperform in a game has been palpable. The *Boston Herald *reports more on the rookie linebacker and his steady improvement throughout his first training camp in the NFL.

While Mayo has been competing for a starting spot, three quarterbacks have been battling for the back-up spot. The *Boston Globe *gives a brief analysis of all three candidates: Matt Cassel, Matt Gutierrez, and rookie Kevin O'Connell.

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