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The Patriots offseason was highlighted by the players the team added via the NFL draft and free agency, but a handful of players also found a new home elsewhere. The player whose departure created the most noise was understandably Chad Johnson (formerly “Ochocinco”), the colorful receiver whose tenure in Foxborough fell short of expectations.


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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Since entering the NFL as a rookie free agent in 2008, cornerback Kyle Arrington has been part of training camps and full seasons with three teams — the Philadelphia Eagles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and now the New England Patriots.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Vince Wilfork is getting used to some new playing partners along the defensive line — again.

That should be the sentiment from Patriots fans toward “new” offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

Ras-I Dowling missed all but two games of his rookie year last season due to a hip injury, but now that he’s healthy the Patriots may have themselves a starting cornerback. Dowling — who has had injury concerns since his college days at Virginia — is healthy again and trying to prove the Patriots right taking him at the top of the second round in 2011.

FOXBORO — Dallas Cowboys Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin, a three-time Super Bowl champion, believes the NFL’s ultimate prize needs an alteration.

FOXBOROUGH ­— Just before his team gathered on the Gillette Stadium field for its annual training camp practice for season ticket-holders and Foxborough residents, Bill Belichick called these the dog days of camp.

CHARLES TOWN – As Washington players finished a water break, the unmistakable voice of one Mark Hash echoed off the backs of the Terry L. Marcus Stadium home bleachers.

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