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Patriots areas of interest vs. Chargers

Updated: September 18, 2011, 12:35 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Areas of interest from a New England Patriots perspective in the team's home opener against the San Diego Chargers (CBS, 4:15 p.m.):

Locking up Gates. Now in his ninth NFL season, Chargers tight end Antonio Gates is still going strong. Gates, who played through a foot injury against the Patriots last season, had eight catches for 74 yards in the 2011 season opener against the Vikings. The Patriots figure to make him a top priority defensively, attempting to make it ...

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