The New England Patriots are a team built on depth, but only 53 players will make the final roster. That is where the practice squad comes into play—a less lucrative role where training with the team is the primary responsibility. It's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it, and the Pats have some excellent candidates.
So, the question is: Which prospects would best serve as practice players for the 2012 season?
Here are eight former late-round draft picks and undrafted free agents who are primed for this unheralded duty.