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The 5 Biggest Duds From New England Patriots Minicamp

New England Patriots: 5 Biggest Duds From Minicamp

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The New England Patriots went 12-4 last season and went to their third straight AFC Championship game, where they lost 26-16 to the Denver Broncos. The Patriots want to get back to the AFC Championship game and ultimately win another Super Bowl. Who are five players who may not be part of that journey because they are underperforming in minicamp?

5. DT Armond Armstead

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5. DT Armond Armstead

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It might be unfair to include Armond on this list, but since he signed with the Patriots last season, the 6-foot-6, 305 pound DT has been harder to find than the image inside one of those magic eye pictures. It’s health related, but we don’t know what the issue is exactly. Is it connected to the heart attack he suffered in 2011? Did he contract MRSA? It would be great if he could get on the field, but it doesn’t seem likely.

4. C Bryan Stork

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4. C Bryan Stork

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The Patriots selected Stork with their fourth-round pick in the 2014 draft. He may well be the Patriots' center of the future and could possibly challenge Ryan Wendell for the starting job this season, but he has reportedly been busy running laps for one too many botched snaps. Stork has also lined up at left guard some and could be a versatile player for the Patriots, but he needs to work on taking care of the football.

3. DE Jake Bequette

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3. DE Jake Bequette

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Bequette has played only 43 snaps in his two seasons in the NFL. With Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich returning, and the Patriots signing veteran Will Smith this offseason, Bequette needs to show more than he has so far. The Patriots use both 3-4 and 4-3 defensive schemes at times, so who knows how many DE the Patriots will keep? Bequette may need to show significant improvement just to make the roster.

2. TEs Asa Watson and Justin Jones

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2. TEs Asa Watson and Justin Jones

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Watson and Jones were undrafted free agents, and it has been reported that both have had some pretty bad drops during workouts. With TE Rob Gronkowski recovering from a torn ACL and the lack of depth the Patriots have at the TE position, either Watson or Jones need to prove themselves because the Patriots may need another TE besides a (hopefully) healthy Gronkowski to step up in 2014.

1. SS Tavon Wilson

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1. SS Tavon Wilson

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Wilson showed some brief moments of great playmaking ability in his rookie season, but he did not produce the next season or even see the field much. If he wants to get on the field more in 2014, he needs to show improvement and more consistency.