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Patriots.com News Blitz - 9/13/2006

Mike Reiss of The *Boston Globe* reports on the Patriots ongoing rivalry with the Jets. The two teams meet in the Meadowlands on Sunday. Mangini left his job as the Pats defensive coordinator to become the Jets head coach, but it seems that isn't the latest development in the rivalry.

The Boston Globe's Bob Ryan shares his opinion of the Branch holdout and takes a look at the overall value of receivers in contrast to other positions in the NFL.

Ron Borges of The Boston Globe explains that the Patriots are seeking payment from Branch for missing training camp. According to Borges, Branch's bill totals approximately $800,000, though it's not clear how much of that the Pats will be awarded.

Mike Reiss of the Boston Globe* *reports on Branch's first press conference as a Seahawk. Branch said he wasn't expecting to see more passes thrown his way in Seattle than there were in New England. Other Patriots notes are included.

Rich Garven of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette also reports on Branch's press conference.

Michael Felger of the Boston Herald* *looks at trends in the Patriots financial dealings. There are typically three options for a team when it comes to talented young players: Pay now, pay later or lose the player, according to Felger. The story includes notes and an analysis of the Patriots nickel package.

Albert Breer of the Boston Herald features Heath Evans. Evans discusses the confident atmosphere in the Patriots locker room. "It's not an arrogance, it's not prideful. It's just that we've worked hard, we've paid the price, we stick together as a unit. We know what we've gotta do, now let's go out and get it done," said Evans.

The Herald sports staff looks at the player turnover in the Patriots right tackle position. Since Bill Belichick took over in 2000, the Pats have employed eight different starting players at the position, including rookie Ryan O'Callaghan, who started last Sunday against the Bills.

The Providence Journal's Tom Meade reports on tackle Matt Light's fundraising activities, which recently included a clay pigeon shoot. Shooters from all over the Northeast, and as far away as Colorado, showed up yesterday to mingle with New England Patriots players on the sporting-clays field at Addieville East Farm. Together, they raised more than $100,000 for Light's charitable foundation.

Hartford Courant staff writer Alan Greenberg explains that the Patriots have filed tampering charges against the Jets. The winner of Sunday's matchup between the two teams will be 2-0, leading the AFC East division.

The Enterprise offers a story on the makeup of the Patriots receiving corps in Branch's absence.

The Sun Chronicle's* *Mark Farinella honors 9/11 by taking a look at what was going on five years ago with the Patriots and reflecting on his personal experiences during the tragedy.

Don't forget about Mike Reiss' daily blog, Reiss' Pieces.

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