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Price: Patriots’ captains play vital role helping guide roster through rocky stretch

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(Adam Richins/Boston Sports Journal)

FOXBOROUGH — It’s a weird time for the Patriots. Back-to-back December defeats. Sudden personnel losses. And as the playoffs loom, more doubters than ever.

While the coaching staff can provide guidance, its stretches like this that are an absolutely vital time for the team captains. These are the guys who call the players-only meetings. They are the ones who guide what Tom Brady called recently the “tough conversations,” And they are the ones who are occasionally tasked with the job of helping right the ship.

I talked one-on-one with James White, David Andrews, and Matthew Slater — three of the six team captains — about how their job changes when the team hits a rocky stretch.