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July 31, 2013

Patriots feature varied group of running backs

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“We’re out here beating up on each other and working hard, but Philadelphia’s coming up soon.”

Blount will get to see his college coach at Oregon, Chip Kelly, who is in his first season with the Eagles. Kelly ran an uptempo offense at Oregon, and the Patriots often run plays without huddling.

“It’s kind of tough just learning this (Patriots) offense,” Blount said, “but my experience at Oregon helps me a little with that.”

NOTES: Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Gronkowski held an extensive conversation on the sideline. Kraft also talked with backup quarterback Ryan Mallett on the field while the team was conducting field goal practice. ... Wide receiver Aaron Dobson, a potential starter after being drafted in the second round, did not practice. The Patriots did not give a reason. ... Free agent tight end Zach Sudfeld got an animated congratulations from quarterback Tom Brady after making a diving catch.

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