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Bledsoe Spreads Passes Around

October 4, 1999

FOXBORO, Mass. (AP) _ Ben Coates didn’t catch a single pass and his coach wasn’t even upset. That’s because Terry Glenn caught 13.

And if Glenn had been shut out, Troy Brown, Shawn Jefferson or a running back might have been Drew Bledsoe’s main target in New England’s 19-7 win Sunday over the Cleveland Browns.

The Patriots’ passing attack is that strong.

``It’s a good aspect of our team. It’s very difficult to defend,″ coach Pete Carroll said Monday. ``You’re seeing us benefit from being together.″

This is the fourth season that Bledsoe, Glenn, Jefferson, Brown and Vincent Brisby all have been with the Patriots and the second for Tony Simmons. Unlike last season when Bledsoe, Glenn, Brown and Brisby suffered serious injuries, all are healthy.

The results are in the numbers:

_ Glenn leads the NFL with 32 catches and 544 yards receiving.

_ Bledsoe is first in the AFC in quarterback rating, completions, completion percentage and yards passing.

_ At least seven receivers have caught passes in each game, with a high of 10 in a 31-28 win over Indianapolis.

_ The Patriots are 4-0 with a mediocre running attack.

``We’re not right yet and I don’t mind saying that,″ Carroll said. ``We’re not satisfied where it is right now, but it’s good to be 4-0.″

Against the Browns, Glenn set team single-game records for catches and yards receiving (214). Coates, though, had his streak stopped at 34 regular-season games with at least one reception.

``It wasn’t a case of them taking Coates away. A lot of our offense came where they were giving us an opportunity,″ Carroll said. ``We didn’t know they would give us Terry Glenn but they did so we kept going to him.″

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