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A Patriots plan for the week ahead

One more week of vacation calls, with plans to disconnect and fill it with family time.

A few quick hits:

Sudden impact free-agent series. Mike Rodak spearheads a series of blog entries this week that identifies one free agent at a position the Patriots could use a boost. Look for those to appear in the early afternoon hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Behind the scenes series continues. Over the last few weeks, members of the Patriots' organization have been highlighted. The idea is to share their background and role with the franchise. That continues this week, with a focus on scouting/personnel.

Labor talks at critical point. A critical week of labor talks begins Tuesday, and Patriots owner Robert Kraft once again figures to be a central figure in the discussions. Any breakthroughs in that area will be highlighted on ESPNBoston.com.

Mailbag returns next Tuesday. The next Patriots mailbag is scheduled for Tuesday, July 12.

Chat returns next Thursday. The next Patriots chat is scheduled for Thursday, July 14.

In the event of breaking news ... This space might not be updated as frequently as the norm, but between Mike Rodak and the hard-working staff at ESPNBoston.com, any developments that directly affect the Patriots will still be posted here.

Have a great week.