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What to watch for in Patriots-Panthers game

Is Tom Brady in sync with his receivers? Have the Patriots adjusted to the new penalty rules? Here’s what to watch.

Patriots release Marcus Forston and D.J. Williams

The defensive lineman and tight end were both cut Thursday.

This year, Bill Belichick just might have created his ideal old-school defense.

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Bill Belichick has built an old-school defense

Outside of Darrelle Revis and Vince Wilfork, there’s few players who won’t be asked to play multiple positions this season.

INTERACTIVE GAME

Choose your own Patriots 53-man roster

How good are you at doing Bill Belichick’s job? Choose the best 53 players you think should be on the Patriots roster.

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

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Dobson, coming off foot surgery, believes he is close to form, but his quarterback disagrees.

Tom Brady ready for test vs. Panthers

Brady is hoping he’ll be on the field well into the second half in the third preseason game on Friday.

LeGarrette Blount arrested with Steelers teammate

The former Patriots running back, a passenger in a car driven by teammate Le’Veon Bell, will be charged with marijuana possession.

Notes: Cowboys lose linebacker DeVonte Holloman

Holloman has a career-ending neck injury related to a previous spinal issue.

Patriots are second-most valuable NFL franchise

The team’s value is up 44.4 percent over 2013 and 86 percent since 2011, according to Forbes.

Patriots preseason schedule

Scores: NFL scoreboard
Aug. 7: Washington 23, New England 6
Aug. 15: Philadelphia at New England, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 22: Carolina at New England, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 28: New England at NY Giants, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 7: Regular season begins - New England at Miami, 1 p.m.
More: Patriots' current roster | Recent transactions

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INTERACTIVE DATABASE

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Look back on the Boston Globe’s coverage of every game the Patriots have played since Bill Belichick became the head coach in 2000.

Past seasons

2013 season recap

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Track the high and low points of the Patriots’ 2013 season before their eventual loss to the Broncos in the AFC title game.

From the archives

Super Bowl XLVI

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Look back at complete coverage of the Patriots' loss loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.