New England Patriots: 5 Players That Must Step Up in 2012

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New England Patriots: 5 Players That Must Step Up in 2012
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The New England Patriots were so close to winning it all last February, but ultimately fell just a couple plays short.

Now in the wake of the second Super Bowl loss to the New York Giants in five seasons, the Patriots are looking for redemption as they head into the 2012 NFL season.

After stockpiling defensive talent in this year's NFL draft, as well as acquiring an impressive collection of accomplished wide receivers, on paper the Patriots appear poised to make another run at their fourth championship title in franchise history.

However, those names on paper won't mean anything if they don't become effective players on the field.

In order to give their team another chance at a hoisting the Lombardi Trophy, which New England Patriots must step up in 2012?

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