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Roster breakdown

Meet the 2012 Patriots

After a second Super Bowl loss in five years, it looked like Bill Belichick was going all-in when he started stockpiling free agents in the offseason: Jonathan Fanene, Bobby Carpenter, Donte’ Stallworth, Jabar Gaffney, Steve Gregory, Daniel Fells, Brandon Lloyd – more than a dozen players in all. But only three remain, with some of the biggest names gone. Instead of veteran free agents, Belichick is going young, and on defense, very young, as in the youngest defense of his tenure in New England. Can these fresh faces get the Patriots back to the Super Bowl?

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