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New England Patriots 2013 Training Camp Preview

By John McMullen, NFL Editor

(Sports Network) -

REPORT DATES: July 21st (rookies), July 25th (veterans)

SITE: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA

CAMP CONFIDENTIAL: The engine of the high-powered Patriots offense, the magnificent tight end combination of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, is no more while veteran slot receiver Wes Welker is gone. Gronkowski is hurt and has undergone multiple surgeries on his forearm and back while Hernandez is in jail, disgraced and awaiting a murder trial. Welker, meanwhile, chose Denver as his new home. Both Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are great at what they do but can any team replace the production the Pats have lost? Gronk is expected back at some point but a wide receiver group which will feature the oft- injured Danny Amendola and nondescript veterans like Michael Jenkins and Donald Jones leaves a lot to be desired. As for replacing Hernandez, Daniel Fells probably has the clubhouse lead entering camp.

PRESEASON SCHEDULE (All Times Eastern):

Aug 9 - at Philadelphia, 7:30 PM Aug 16 - vs. Tampa Bay, 8:00 PM Aug 22 - at Detroit, 7:30 PM Aug 29 - vs. NY Giants, 7:30 PM

07/18 15:22:43 ET

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