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Patriots.com News Blitz - 8/5/2006

In today's News Blitz, Mike Reiss sheds more light on the Branch holdout. Safety Mel Mitchel has reportedly injured his biceps.

*The Boston Globe's* Mike Reiss covers all the bases, breaking down the financial happenings leading up to Branch's holdout. Branch, entering his fifth season and the final year of the contract he signed as a second-round pick, has accumulated $126,000 in fines, should the Patriots decide to take that course of action.

Mike Reiss also offers a story on safety Mel Mitchel, who reportedly suffered a torn biceps. Mitchell, a free agent signed April 4, is expected to undergo surgery Monday. Included are Reiss' camp notes.

The *Boston Herald's* Michael Felger explores some isses he has with the Patriots depth chart. Roster depth was once a calling card of the Patriots and a driving force behind their three Super Bowl championships, but Felger sees this season in a different light.

*MetroWest Daily News* writer Albert Breer takes a closer look at training camp standout, Reche Caldwell. Caldwell was acquired by the Chargers, and hopes to have a good fifth year, now that he's with the Patriots.

Breer also reports that Belichick will be keeping it simple during the team's first preseason game at Atlanta. Included are Breer's notes.

*The Providence Journal's* Tom Curran takes his new scouting guide, a publication affiliated with The Sporting News, to the field to see how some Patriots take their recent rankings.

Curren also offers a piece featuring veteran wideout Troy Brown.

The *Hartford Courant's* Alan Greenberg features kicker Martin Gramatica. There's no doubt about it, Martin Gramatica will never be able to fill Adam Vinatieri's shoes. Why? Because Gramatica wears a size 6.

Mike Reiss offers his daily blog.

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