Brandon Spikes impresses in debut

Updated: August 13, 2010, 12:38 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Before the New England Patriots' preseason opener against the New Orleans Saints, one viewpoint of 10 key areas to watch for the Pats was offered.

Now that the game is over, how did those 10 things turn out?

1. Wes Welker's participation. The shifty slot receiver did not dress for the game. When asked afterwards if it was a case of playing it safe with Welker, coach Bill Belichick spoke in general terms for all of the Pats' injured players. "We just didn't ...

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