What to watch Thursday night

Updated: August 19, 2010, 10:54 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The New England Patriots visit the Atlanta Falcons in preseason action Thursday night, and here are 10 areas to monitor from a Patriots perspective:

1. Wes Welker's participation. The recovering receiver made the trip to Atlanta with the team, although that doesn't necessarily mean he will suit up for his first game action. One factor that the Patriots will consider is the artificial surface at the Georgia Dome, which was described by one coach as a harder surface ...

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