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Patriots.com News Blitz 8/9/04

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The Patriots received some good news yesterday with the return of Rosevelt Colvin. "For the first time since he shattered his hip scrambling for a fumble in Philadelphia last Sept. 14, Colvin donned football pads and practiced with his teammates," writes Michael Felger of The Boston Herald.

Alan Greenberg of The Hartford Courant, who watched yesterday's practice reports that "Although there was no tackling, Colvin, who was not available to the media after practice, seemed to run and move well."

Michael Parente also contributes to the flurry of Colvin news in today's Woonsocket Call. "Colvin knows the system and understands the playbook - even some of the new wrinkles that have been implemented since last season. The next step is to see how much contact he can handle," writes Parente.

In other news, Marc Carig writes about Kliff Kingsbury in today's Boston Globe. "Kingsbury began camp sharing limited reps with Kurt Kittner, his main competition for the third-string spot. But the job became Kingsbury's to lose when the Patriots cut Kittner. All Kingsbury wants to do now is take advantage of his opportunity," says Carig.

Also in the Globe, Michael Smith takes a look at Tom Brady as he prepares for another season as the Patriots on-field general. "I feel like I've made some progress in the last couple of weeks, but I'm still not really where I want to be, not for that first game. It's going to be such a tough schedule," Brady tells Smith.

Smith contributes more Patriots news in today's notebook.

Tom Curran of The Providence Journal has a piece on Patriots rookie safeties Dexter Reid and Guss Scott, who will provide necessary depth to the team's secondary." Both came with the reputation of being savvy, productive and intense. And so far in training camp, Belichick says both have fulfilled expectations," reports Curran.

Chris Kennedy of The Republican checks in with Patriots veteran Roman Phifer, entering his 14th NFL season. "Phifer, a second-round draft pick by the Los Angeles Rams in 1991, has played in all 16 games in nine of his 13 seasons. The fewest he has ever played in a season is a dozen, and that came when he was a rookie," writes Kennedy.

On the national scene, USA Today spotlights the Patriots defense, particularly how it will be affected by the league's decision to tighten up certain holding rules. "Don't blame the Patriots if they're feeling paranoid. They swept to and through the AFC championship on the strength of their defense and wrecked the Colts' precision with an aggressive approach to the receivers. Now they feel as if they're skewered on the point of emphasis," writes Larry Weisman.

CBS Sportsline.com has a feature on Dana Stubblefield as he joins the Patriots roster. For Stubblefield, "the most attractive inducement for becoming a member of the New England Patriots was honesty," the report says.

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