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Patriots.com News Blitz - 8/7/2006

In Today's News Blitz, The Boston Globe catches you up on the most pressing on-field stories. Fringe players like linebacker Eric Alexander get a look. And the PUP list is slowly shrinking for the Pats ...

Taking a look at the first 13 practices of training camp, *The Boston Globe's* Mike Reiss catches you up on his top five on-field storylines, including Wilson's move to corner, and Caldwell's performance at wideout.

The Boston Globe's Jerome Solomon takes a look at some fringe players. These are the guys that are working to make it, but still on the bubble in the 2006 roster battles. The piece includes interviews with linebackers Eric Alexander and three-time Pro Bowler Larry Izzo.

*Boston Herald* writer Michael Felger takes a look at what remains of the training camp PUP list, with seven unable to make the grade. A player can come off the PUP at any time during camp, but once he's activated, he can't go back on the list; he either has to start the season on the active roster or on injured reserve (which means the player is out for the year).

Felger also applauds Tom Brady for supporting holdout Deion Branch and remaining a team player. After all, Brady could have taken the same approach Brett Favre took last season, blasting Packers holdout receiver Javon Walker for not being a "team player" and saying the Packers "can win without him."

The *Herald's *Felger takes a look at Mike Vrabel's dexterity and versitility as a linebacker. Vrabel hasn't missed a training camp practice yet.

*The Providence Journal's* Tom Curren takes a look at Eric Alexander, Logan Mankins and Corey Dillon -- three players who are working toward totally different types of NFL success.

The Sun Chronicle's Mark Farinella takes a look at tight end depth.

Mike Reiss of The Boston Globe offers his daily blog and mailbag.

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