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Steve Gregory of Patriots, as always, fighting for a roster spot

Patriots safety Steve Gregory, entering his eighth season in the NFL, knows that he has to prove himself during every training camp.
Patriots safety Steve Gregory, entering his eighth season in the NFL, knows that he has to prove himself during every training camp.file/jim davis/globe staff

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FOXBOROUGH — He wasn’t invited to the NFL combine. He wasn’t drafted. And when the San Diego Chargers signed him as a rookie free agent in 2006, they assigned him to the practice squad.

Steve Gregory, son of a retired New York City police officer, always embraced the role of underdog.

“When you’re a guy like me, you have to earn your way,” Gregory said. “You have to prove yourself every single training camp.”

Even this training camp.

Gregory, who is entering his eighth season, started 12 games for the Patriots last year at safety.

Yet at a position that includes Devin McCourty, Adrian Wilson, and Tavon Wilson, Gregory is seemingly on the bubble for a roster spot in 2013.

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