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New Pats WR Gabriel gets crash course before opener

Updated: September 4, 2006, 5:27 PM ET
Associated Press

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Doug Gabriel took the redeye from California, plunged into his Patriots playbook and met Tom Brady.

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"When I first saw him I had a big smile, like should I speak to him? Should I say something to him?" Gabriel said Monday. "I just sat there and I didn't want to say anything."

The wide receiver was wide-eyed before meeting his new quarterback, still stunned by the Saturday trade that brought him to New England from the Oakland Raiders.

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