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Bill Belichick sees options at safety

Posted by Monique Walker, Globe Staff  August 30, 2011 01:13 PM

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FOXBOROUGH -- The biggest question following the release of safety James Sanders yesterday, hovered around the Patriots depth at safety.

Without Sanders, the Patriots have Brandon Meriweather, Patrick Chung and Sergio Brown leading the group. The Patriots also have Josh Barrett and James Ihedigbo, but both have primarily been used on special teams. Yesterday, the Patriots also brought back safety Ross Ventrone.

Bill Belichick said today he believes Barrett and Ihedigbo could earn more reps behind the primary safeties.

"I think we have a number of players that have played well at that position – some on our team, some on other teams," Belichick said. "We’ll see how all that plays out. I think there are number of different ways to use those players. We’ll see how their roles develop."

Chung didn't want to comment on the Patriots cutting Sanders, but he said he wishes him the best.

"He's a great player and a great friend and my love goes out to him wherever he ends up," Chung said. "He's a good player."

When asked how the move affects him, Chung said he isn't planning anything different.

"My role is whatever coach wants my role to be," Chung said. "If he wants me to do something, I'm just going to do it to the best of my ability. I'm going to do what I have to do to make sure I stay on the field."

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