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Breaking down the Patriots’ top position battles

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Three-plus weeks of training camp are complete, and the “fun stuff” is out of the way for the Patriots — a long trip to Philadelphia, a week-long date with the Buccaneers and for many of the young players, their first experience playing under the bright NFL lights.

Now, it’s crunch time.

The roster is at 87 players, and there are only a few more opportunities to win a spot, including Thursday’s exhibition game at Detroit. The Patriots have to cut down to 75 players next Aug. 27, and then to 53 players by Aug. 31.

By our rough estimate, there are about 15-17 spots to be won amongst 45-50 players.

Here is a look at some of the top position battles:

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