Newswire Items 7/09/06
-- Training camp for the Patriots is right around the corner. Along with this comes close scrutiny and examination. Questionable areas are the focus of a report by the Boston Globe. The Patriot's wide receiver situation is one of the big concerns. The departure of wide receiver David Givens to free agency and Deion Branch holding out creates opportunities. Rookie wide receiver Chad Jackson leads the way with newly acquired Reche Caldwell from the Chargers.
-- Recent changes to both the roster and coaching staff of the Patriots are the subject of a report by Fox Sports. The losses of Patriot linebacker Willie McGinest and defensive coordinator Eric Mangini head the list. Dean Pees has taken over as defensive coordinator.
-- The Denver Broncos have signed free-agent linebacker T.J. Hollowell to a two-year contract.
-- The Houston Texans second-round draft choice DeMeco Ryans has signed his first NFL contract. The linebacker from Alabama is expected to compete for the starting weakside job in training camp.
-- Toronto Argonaut's Ricky Williams had 6 yards on nine carries in their 24-17 loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Saturday. Williams, the Miami Dolphins running back, is serving a one year suspension from the NFL.
-- In their ongoing series of NFL division previews, the Northwest Arkansas News cites the Patriots as the favorite team to win the AFC East. The reason New England will take home the honors again in 2006 relate directly to their quarterback, Tom Brady. "From this corner, it smells like a fourth Lombardi Trophy is in the works for Brady this season," write Joe West the NWAN's sports editor.
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