The New England Patriots pride themselves on being a complete team, with every player on the 46-man game day roster contributing in some way. So while stars like Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski get the most media attention, it's actually the depth contributors that can propel a team from being a playoff contender to a Super Bowl threat.
The Patriots' 2013 depth chart looks a bit stranger than in seasons past. While most positions are well-stocked after years of defensive drafting and development, certain other positions are almost catastrophically thin. The receiving corps, for instance, experienced massive personnel turnover this offseason, while the tight end position is in turmoil for well-documented reasons.
Training camp is just around the corner, though, providing an opportunity for coaches and fans to truly evaluate who might contribute to New England's championship aspirations in 2013. Those who can shine in the sweltering July sun will earn the first chance to contribute when the heat really turns up in the fall.
While every training camp has its share of surprises and disappointments, here's a snapshot of the Pats' depth chart as camp begins.
*Unless otherwise cited, all stats courtesy Pro-Football-Reference.com