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August 05, 2003

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Rookie CBs shine, rise
By: Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe
FOXBOROUGH -- Bill Belichick can stand there and gush about rookie cornerbacks Asante Samuel and Eugene Wilson. He can laud them for their work in the classroom, their work in drills, their intelligence, their work ethic, and their ability to grasp the defensive playbook.

Backfield covers up: Wilson, Samuel stand out early
Kevin Mannix/Boston Herald
FOXBORO - Given what we've seen so far, it could be a while before defensive tackle Ty Warren and wide receiver Bethel Johnson get meaningful playing minutes with the Patriots.

Faulk carries bulk of the load -- so far
By: Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe
FOXBOROUGH -- Nothing is official, but Kevin Faulk has been taking most of the handoffs with the first unit the past couple of days, with Antowain Smith spelling him.

Tight end Graham catches on to system
By: Kevin Mannix/Boston Herald
FOXBORO - A year ago, Daniel Graham was an untested first-round draft pick who was selected to fill a major need on the Patriots offense. Ben Coates retired and the Pats were still trying to locate another tight end who could step in and provide them with a dependable blocker/receiver.

 


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