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Picking up pieces on cutdown day

Posted by Albert Breer  September 4, 2010 08:37 PM

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4) Nick Kaczur, who underwent back surgery, is on the roster, which means the Patriots are holding out hope for his 2010 return. It made sense to keep him on the roster before now, but that they decided to hold his roster spot now would seem to reflect that there's a realistic chance he could make it back this year.

5) The 2008 draft class has some survivors in it. It was a good bet at the start of camp that only two guys from that group would make it, but Terrence Wheatley and Slater found a way to push that number to four. Wheatley is, in essence, taking Leigh Bodden's roster spot. It'll be interesting if he gets a legitimate shot to prove himself, being a former second-round pick. He's kind of in the same spot he was last year -- Just trade out Bodden's place for Devin McCourty -- and he was inactive for all but five games in 2009. So we'll see on that.

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