New England Patriots: 5 Key Veterans Who'll Take a Back Seat in 2012

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New England Patriots: 5 Key Veterans Who'll Take a Back Seat in 2012
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Who will fall out of favor in New England?

With the 2012 NFL offseason well underway, the New England Patriots have already made a slew of moves. Through free agency and the draft, plenty of fresh faces (including wideout Brandon Lloyd) will call Foxboro home next season.

With that said, signing a free agent is a double-edged sword.

A new player is likely to make another one obsolete. As a result, the incumbents could see a decrease in production, playing time and may no longer be part of the team's future plans.

It's an exciting time of the year for football fans, but for some, it's also bittersweet. Certain veterans will take the following paths: sit on the sidelines, retire or get cut.

Here are five Patriots who will take a backseat in the 2012 campaign, that is of course, if they're on the roster.

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