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New, volatile additions must assimilate to 'Patriot way'

  • By Pat Kirwan
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New England Patriots
Foxborough, Mass.
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Where's the pass rush?
The leading outside linebacker in sacks last year was Tully Banta-Cain with five and he was recently released. The penciled-in starters are Jermaine Cunningham and Rob Ninkovich. They had five sacks between them; to put it in perspective, teams like Pittsburgh get 20-plus sacks from their starting outside linebackers. Granted the Pats went 14-2 in 2010, but in their playoff loss to the Jets they didn't get to Sanchez one time in 25 throws.
Development of offensive rookies
One of the things to watch closely at Patriots camp is how the three offensive rookies perform. QB Ryan Mallett can really throw the ball, Marcus Cannon should be a road grader at guard and Nate Solder has excellent pass-blocking skills at left tackle. The long-range future for the club might be in the hands of these rookies.
The two new additions
The Patriots raised some eyebrows when they acquired Albert Haynesworth and Chad Ochocinco in separate trades on the same day. How will those two veterans assimilate to the "Patriot way"? It will make New England one of the most interesting camps to visit, for sure.

Top position battle

BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead each emerged last year from relative obscurity to provide the Patriots' offense with a boost. Should one get more action in the backfield than the other?



Will the outspoken Ochocinco fit in on the Patriots?

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