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Checking in from inside the bubble

Posted by Albert Breer  August 23, 2010 03:38 PM

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* Darius Butler's getting a lot of work as a slot corner, both with the first defense and the second group. Leigh Bodden returned today, but was eased back into the action, and you could see the coaches rotating corners in and out. Most often, it was Butler and Devin McCourty on the right and left, respectively, with the first team. I wouldn't be surprised, though, if Butler getting reps there is significant to what the team could do in its nickel and dime looks. Plenty of teams kick starting corners inside in sub packages, and Butler might be best equipped of the available guys to play there -- because of his quickness -- and deal with slot receivers.

* Being inside, and because of the confined space to work with 80, there was quite a bit of situational work. The Patriots worked on Yellow Zone (the offense backed up to its own goal line) and Red Zone extensively. And with the team outfitted in shorts and shoulder pads, there was far more done in the passing game today than the running game.
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