Rookies Figure to Face Uphill Battle for Playing Time on 2014 Patriots Roster

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Rookies Figure to Face Uphill Battle for Playing Time on 2014 Patriots Roster
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1. While the team-building process for the 2014 season has yet to be completed, it certainly appears that the New England roster will be a difficult one for any rookie to crack. Yes, there are some positions where a first-year player could ultimately made an impact, like strong safety or backup linebacker, defensive lineman or tight end. But a quick glance at the nucleus of the roster that'€™s already been assembled shows that it will be an uphill battle for any rookie to make a serious dent in the New England starting lineup.

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