Unfortunately for teams searching for championships, they sometimes have to give up on talented youngsters who are taking too long to develop.
The Patriots are no exception.
New England has five players who have shown glimpses of promise but are in danger of losing playing time or even being released. The reasons vary, but the most common theme is an inability to perform with any sort of consistency.
With younger players, inconsistency is a given. However, because coach Belichick demands perfection, these gifted players may be on their last legs as members of the Patriots.
I hate it as much as you so, but that's life in the NFL.
This is one of the reasons Belichick is successful. He knows when to cut guys who are underperforming, and when to stop expecting someone to reach their potential when they have shown time and time again that they aren't able to.
As a head coach, he's a cold-blooded assassin, but he's also led the Pats to three Super Bowl wins in the last ten years. Sounds good to me.
Without further ado, here are five young players who may not have done enough to please coach Belichick and could be on their way out of New England.