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This week, real football — not the half-speed organized team activities and minicamp— returns to the fields behind Gillette Stadium. The Patriots open training camp on Thursday, with fans able to come for free and watch their first practice Friday morning.
It was an unprecedented offseason for New England, the nadir being the arrest of Aaron Hernandez for murder. But even before the tight end was released, there were plenty of questions facing the Patriots and its roster.
With training camp just hours from getting underway, here are 10 to consider.