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Patriots Day report

"Hopefully the Patriots won't pull off a Corey Dillon-like trade."

That was the first thought I had when picking up my media credential to cover today's Boston Marathon.

Patriots fans surely remember April 19, 2004. It was Patriots Day, a.k.a. "Marathon Monday" here in Boston, and the Patriots pulled off a surprising trade by landing Dillon for a 2004 second-round draft choice (56th overall). Dillon went on to set the team's single-season rushing record later that year (1,635 yards).

I was covering the marathon that day for the MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, Mass., and remember being surprised at the turn of events, mainly because the public perception of Dillon didn't seem to match the type of player the Patriots would normally acquire. It turned out to be one of the Patriots' better trades in Bill Belichick's tenure.

I wasn't expecting to be writing about that type of runner that day.

I'll be back on the course today to cover the marathon, so things will be quiet for much of the day here on the Patriots blog. The plan will be to report back later tonight with the next entry in our "10 possible Pats" series.