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Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Programming note from Reiss

By Mike Reiss

You might notice something a little different on the right side of this page, under the section "About this Blog." We've updated the information to include my teammates, Mike Rodak and Field Yates.

This will be Mike's third season contributing, so this represents one of the most blatant delay-of-post penalties in recent blog history. From Day 1, Mike's presence has made this blog, and our Patriots coverage on ESPNBoston.com, that much better.

Meanwhile, Field is a top draft choice for us in 2012. He brings a unique perspective, having previously worked in scouting/coaching with the Kansas City Chiefs and as an intern with the Patriots. Followers have already taken notice of his high-quality work.

Both Mike and Field are passionate, driven, and they take great pride in their work, which makes them a perfect fit for what we hope will be a three-wide formation that covers the Patriots unlike any outlet this season. 

Another nice part is that when something comes up, and I'm not able to report or react to news at the level that today's 24-hour news cycle requires, they are there to pick things up.

Which brings us to the other point of this blog post.

For a short stretch here into June -- maybe one week, possibly two -- Mike and Field are going to be running the show on this blog and with our Patriots coverage on ESPNBoston.com. They will be attending organized team activities May 31 and June 7, as well as mandatory minicamp June 12-14. They will be at various player appearances, such as Tom Brady's Best Buddies football game (June 1) and his participation in the annual Best Buddies bike ride (June 2).

Those who follow me on Twitter will notice a reduction in tweets, but those will be balanced by an increase on Mike's new Twitter account ( @MikeRodak ), and Field's Twitter account ( @FieldYates ). I recommend giving both of them a follow.

Meanwhile, my guess is that you won't even notice a difference on the site, as the plan is to keep some of the weekly staples -- Tuesday mailbag, Thursday chat, Sunday quick-hits -- just with a different person writing them.

The blog, and the Patriots coverage on ESPNBoston.com, are in good hands.