It has been an evident trait of Patriots teams over the last decade. Players who can be utilized in different roles find their way onto the football field.
In the Belichick era, countless Pats have played multiple positions.
Linebacker Mike Vrabel would occasionally line up as a tight end in goal line sets, racking up 10 touchdown receptions over his 14-year NFL career. Defensive tackle Dan Klecko set up at fullback in short yardage, and so has nose tackle Vince Wilfork. Wide receiver Troy Brown logged time at cornerback when the secondary was riddled with injuries. Defensive backs Artrell Hawkins and Eugene Wilson both switched from cornerback to free safety to help the team in times of need. Even linebacker Don Davis slid into the free safety spot during the 2004 campaign.
The trend continued in 2011—wide receivers Julian Edelman and Matthew Slater competed at corner and safety, respectively.
In a sense, altering positions is part of the Patriot way.
Now the burning question is—aside from defensive end/outside linebacker hybrids—who could change positions for New England in 2012?