Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 11/18/14

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on in the first half against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
For Patriots fans it is finally here, players get to hit something for real and the races for roster spots will begin.  The New England Patriots will take to the field for the first time Thursday at home, while their opponents the  New Orleans Saints will play for the second time this preseason (after defeating the Arizona Cardinals 17-10 in the Hall of Fame game). There will be plenty of storylines for this game, and here are a few to preview Offensive line – This is the biggest concern on the team.  A group that protected QB Tom Brady fairly well (Brady was sacked 32 times, 13 most in the NFL in 2011), have three members from the starting unit out.  LT Matt Light has retired, LG  Logan Mankins still recovering from ACL surgery and RG Brian Waters sitting at home deciding if he wants to continue playing.  This leaves 2nd year players Nate Solder to replace Light, Marcus Cannon to replace Mankins, while Dan Koppen  will come back from last season ending IR to jump back into ...
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