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Thursday, August 21, 2014
Picked-up Patriots pieces around Web

By Mike Reiss

Some picked-up pieces with a Patriots twist from around the Web:

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Expect Panthers starters for 30 to 35 plays. David Newton, who covers the Panthers for ESPN.com's NFL Nation, reports that Carolina plans to play its top players for about 30 to 35 snaps against the Patriots on Friday night. Good experience for the Patriots against an athletic, mobile quarterback in Cam Newton.

Underwood on the bubble in Carolina. Former Patriots receiver Tiquan Underwood, whose high-top fade haircut made him a hard-to-miss-presence in New England, is on the bubble with the Panthers. Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer writes on Underwood looking for a big night against his former team to secure a roster spot.

Collins among breakthrough candidates. ESPN.com NFL Insider Mike Sando lists his top 50 breakout candidates and Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins lands high on the list.

700 rushing yards for White? Pete Prisco, NFL columnist for CBSSports.com, makes his over/under statistical projections and likes rookie James White to hit the 700-yard mark. "He should take away carries from Stevan Ridley," Prisco writes. "He can also be effective in the passing game."

One vote for Brady at QB. Pat Kirwan, NFL Insider for CBSSports.com, picks his preseason All-Pro team and goes with Tom Brady at quarterback. "No one does more with less," Kirwan writes. "Last year he lost his top five receivers and still won the division. This year he should be even better as the young receivers come back with experience." Brady and kicker Stephen Gostkowski are the lone Patriots on the club.

Ryan catches the eye. Gil Brandt of NFL.com picks 11 training camp risers, and Patriots defensive back Logan Ryan draws a mention. "He has very good ball skills, will tackle in run support and understands the game," Brandt writes, noting that Ryan is a top candidate to fill the void at right cornerback when Brandon Browner is serving a suspension.