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10 Questions: Who leads youth movement?

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  July 13, 2010 08:00 AM

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RESERVES
Second-year players: CB Kyle Arrington, QB Brian Hoyer, LS Jake Ingram, DB Bret Lockett, DL Myron Pryor, C/G Ryan Wendell
Rookies: DE/LB Jermaine Cunningham, DL Brandon Deaderick, G/C Ted Larsen, P Zoltan Mesko, WR Taylor Price

Arrington earns a spot on the team simply for being an absolute beast on special teams; in just eight regular-season games, he tallied 17 tackles, second most on the team. Lockett has worked out with Brady and Welker in Los Angeles, and also would be a special-teamer if he sticks. Wendell and Larsen may offer interior line depth, particularly if (as expected) Logan Mankins isn't with the Pats.

Pryor was a surprise last year, and Deaderick may be challenging him for those snaps at defensive tackle/nose tackle. Mesko and Ingram are reserves by nature though Mesk seems to have won the job as New England's punter, but some wonder if Ingram's spot might be in jeopardy.

Hoyer is highly thought of among the coaching staff and gives the impression that he is as studious as they come. But with Brady over a year removed from his knee injury and with the ribs and finger which hampered him last year healed, Hoyer may not see the field very much.

PRACTICE SQUADDERS
Second-year players: OL George Bussey, DL Adrian Grady, WR Darnell Jenkins, TE Rob Myers, DL Darryl Richard, LB Thomas Williams
Rookies: S Sergio Brown, WR Buddy Farnham, DE Dane Fletcher, DB Terrence Johnson, DL Kyle Love, QB Zac Robinson, DB Ross Ventrone, DL Kade Weston, OL John Wise

Yes, technically, not all of these players can be on the Pats' practice squad, but they need to be grouped somehow. Williams could earn a spot on the 53-man because of his willingness to try his hand at fullback, which he did in spring camps. A Massachusetts native who was offered a contract after trying out, during rookie mini-camp, Farnham faces long odds; Ventrone may be a senimental favorite for some thanks to big brother Ray, a special teamer and all-around good guy during his time with the Patriots.

Robinson showed quick improvement through the offseason, but New England has recently kept just two QBs on the active roster - if the team is interested in developing him, he may be a candidate to come down with "Foxborough flu," a quasi-injury that allows the Pats to stash him on injured reserve for a year and give him a redshirt season. Wise is aiming to be another Stephen Neal, a former wrestler with minimal college football experience who makes an NFL roster.
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