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Toughness the hallmark of new Patriot Jon Halapio

FOXBOROUGH — His predraft report may claim that guard Jon Halapio has less-than-ideal lateral quickness or stiffness in his hips, but it’s clear there’s one thing that can’t be questioned when it comes to the former Florida starter: his toughness.

The 6-foot-4-inch, 323-pound lineman played much of his final season for the Gators with a torn pectoral muscle, and against Tennessee last September, he was gouged in the eye so badly that he required stitches to stem the bleeding.

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