With training camp kicking off at the end of the month in Foxboro,MA the New England Patriots will be gearing up to defend their Super Bowl Championship.
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While stars such as Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Chandler Jones, Jamie Collins, and Devin McCourty will garner much of the attention as usual, there are compelling battles that will go on throughout training camp and the preseason as players fight for a coveted spot on the 53-man roster.
As always with a Bill Belichick team, there is an undrafted free agent, late round draft pick, or unheralded offseason scrap heap signing who plays their way onto the roster.
In the past players such as Super Bowl hero cornerback Malcolm Butler, defensive end/linebacker Rob Ninkovich, guard/center Ryan Wendell, running back Jonas Gray, and even quarterback Tom Brady emerged from the roster bubble to become contributors on a championship team.
Kicking off with the defense, here is a look at some of the players on the back-end of the 90-man roster fighting to last through the cut downs and secure a spot on the regular season roster.
Malcolm Butler showed last season how the 90th player on the roster in the preseason can end up making the most important play of the season in the Super Bowl. Read on to learn who the players are at the back end of the roster who will be front-and-center in training camp.