Brandon Spikes and 6 Other New England Patriots Bound to Break out in 2012

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Brandon Spikes and 6 Other New England Patriots Bound to Break out in 2012
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The New England Patriots ended their thrilling 2011 season on a sour note with a coulda-shoulda-woulda loss to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.

Pats fans should be thinking about one thing, and one thing only: How can this championship-caliber team improve in time for next season?

Bill Belichick and the Patriots coaching/scouting staff have already started their homework for potential free agents and draft-day steals. With gaping weaknesses at wide receiver, pass rusher and safety, New England will certainly be busy over the next few months.

Regardless of free agency and the NFL draft, Pats fans should be excited about these seven players already on the roster who are ready to breakout in a big way in 2012.

*All ages shown in player slides are for the start of the 2012 season

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