With training camp set to begin July 24, the New England Patriots have the luxury of a deep, talented roster.
However, that does not mean the depth chart is set in stone.
Belichick has never been afraid to deploy players regardless of age, seeking only to maximize the Pats' probability of winning—young, unheralded contributors have a chance to rise faster than expected based on merit.
Certain "projects" will not bear fruit in 2014.
For instance, rookies Jimmy Garoppolo and Zach Moore will effectively take a redshirt season. Their greater roles are down the line.
Conversely, certain players represent unknown commodities but could work their way into important roles with impressive summers. Though the Pats are not counting on them, they offer enough upside to warrant tracking during camp.
With the 2014 season in mind, here are five projects who could pay unexpected dividends in the fall.