Rookie players – especially those taken after the first round – generally have taken a back seat on Bill Belichick’s Patriots teams. In the past, the team has generally put extra emphasis on experience, allowing their younger players to observe and develop their games behind the scenes before playing meaningful snaps.
Based on the team’s initial roster, the 2021 season will likely be a departure from that scenario. Based on the way the team is currently constructed, rookie players are set to play a number of key starting and reserve roles.
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