As you would expect of a team that has Super Bowl aspirations, the New England Patriots are loaded with top-end talent at a number of positions. The key to getting that final push over the top to actually winning another Lombardi Trophy will be the performances of their role players.
There will be key plays in the 2012 season where the Patriots middle of the pack players will have opportunities to make plays. The execution by these players will go a long way in deciding what kind of football team the '12 Patriots are.
Here are a few players who will play some significant roles and could help make or break the Pats this season.