New England Patriots' 5 Players Facing Make-or-Break Training Camps

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New England Patriots' 5 Players Facing Make-or-Break Training Camps
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A pair of situational pass-rushers and an intriguing rookie running back are among the five New England Patriots players facing a make-or-break training camp.

The Pats need to freshen up the rotation along their defensive front. That's one reason why they signed veteran Will Smith off the NFL scrapheap. He'll now be expected to push aside 2013 seventh-round pick Michael Buchanan.

Shifting inside, a high-effort defensive tackle could struggle to stick around and provide depth at a key position. Meanwhile, a low-key offseason signing can prove he can contribute a lot at outside linebacker.

Away from the front seven, no position features competition as intense as the battle for carries at running back. Fourth-round pick James White certainly has the potential to upset the established order.

Here's a more in-depth look at the Patriots facing critical camps, beginning with White's attempts to shake up the rotation at running back.

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