Found January 28, 2013 on NESN.com:
The most pessimistic Patriots fans will likely still be grousing about the latest playoff loss (or talking about trading Tom Brady) when the team is suiting up for their first official game in September 2013. But if you’re among the more optimistic members of Patriots Nation (those who have no interest in trading Brady), there are plenty of reasons to excited for next season. Typically teams have to wait for the NFL draft or at least free agency to look forward to seeing new faces on the field, but New England has multiple players who could play a major role in the Patriots’ future already signed to contracts. Among these “redshirt” players are running back/track star Jeff Demps, guard/tackle Marcus Zusevics, defensive end/linebacker Jason Vega, tight end Jake Ballard and defensive tackle Armond Armstead. Add in linebacker Dane Fletcher, who got injured just minutes into the Patriots’ preseason opener, and the Patriots have six players that didn’t take a single snap during the 2012 ...
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