Biggest Winners and Losers of New England Patriots OTAs

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Biggest Winners and Losers of New England Patriots OTAs
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When you're building your football team, there are three types of players you want on your roster: stars, fixers and heroes (Sterling Moore).

To be successful in the NFL, you need all three. You need your stars to dominate from week to week, you need your fixers to do the dirty work that often gets lost on the stat sheet and most importantly, you need your heroes to rise to the occasion when the stars don't shine and all hope seems lost.   

For my money, it's all about the heroes. Out of nowhere, a faceless player on the team becomes the man with all the answers. He strikes like a cobra, with his ascension defying logic over the course of a season or in the span of a single second. It's evolution at the speed of thought.

When you ask a Ravens fan how they feel about Tom Brady, you'll probably get the standard response that you'd expect. When you ask them how they feel about Sterling Moore, well, you'll probably get a more introverted and wounded response. Stars can make you mad, but only heroes can break your heart.    

Who will be the Patriots' newest star in 2012? Who will be their newest fixer? More importantly, who will be their newest hero?

For a glimpse into the crystal ball, look to the OTAs. You won't find everything you're looking for, but you'll find bits and pieces to satisfy your curiosity.

Here are the biggest winners and losers of New England's OTAs.  

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