Newswire: Faulk, Mills, Childress & more

News from around the web includes: New England Patriot's concerns over linebackers; Patriots veteran running back Kevin Faulk taking care of business; Rookie tight end Garrett Mills catching on fast with Patriots; Seventh round pick defensive back Willie Andrews making a strong bid and Patriot veteran wide receiver Bam Childress tries to impress.

Newswire Items 8/16/06

-- Two things have happened that have shaped the concerns the New England Patriots face with their defense, especially at the linebacker position. First, veteran linebacker Tedy Bruschi went down with a broken wrist. After having a screw inserted in Bruschi's wrist, his availability for the opening game against the Buffalo Bills is questionable at best. The second is the return of veteran safety Rodney Harrison that has been rehabbing an injury that kept him out of the lineup for most of last season. A report by Patriots Insider examines their effect and the options the Patriots are looking to employ.

-- The Patriots are hoping for a stellar year in the running game. Veteran running back Corey Dillon has worked hard this offseason and showed signs of his 'old' self in the Patriot's first pre season game against the Atlanta Falcons. Along with Dillon, rookie running back Laurence Maroney appears poised to have an excellent season. Behind the scenes veteran running back Kevin Faulk has been a workhorse at many positions. The Enterprise is reporting that Faulk is working hard to be the best he can be. Faulk explained; "it's just about me in my mind. I have to be better and improve my game."

-- Patriot rookie tight end Garrett Mills appears to have caught on fast. With two days' practice before the game against the Falcons, Garrett caught everything thrown in his direction and almost scored a touchdown stretching for the end zone, according to the Associated Press. Backup quarterback Matt Cassel says of Garrett; "I think Garrett Mills is great for the team, he's a guy that can do a lot of things … he can block. Hopefully he's going to help us a lot during the season."

-- The seventh round has been a lucky one for the Patriots in the past few years. Matt Cassel, Patrick Pass and David Givens all have been seventh round selections. This year's seventh round choice is defensive back Willie Andrews from Baylor. Slated to be a return specialist, Andrews averaged 16 yards on 3 punt returns and 21 yards on 2 kickoff returns against the Falcons.

-- Patriot's wide receiver Bam Childress is second on the depth chart behind Troy Brown. He hopes to show the Patriots what he is capable of. Childress tells the Providence Journal; "There's an opportunity. I just have to go out and make the best of it, I have to go out there and show what I can do, prove what I can do."

-- Veteran kicker Adam Vinatieri has sprained his ankle during conditioning. Aaccording to head coach Tony Dungy, Vinatieri is day to day.


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