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Five Patriots who are facing a key stretch in race for a roster spot

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Thursday was our first opportunity to get a look at the 2019 Patriots. While you always have to be cautious when it comes to making sweeping judgments at this time of year, based on the roster makeup and what we saw on the field, we know there are a handful of players who are facing an important spring and summer in their development. At the same time, because of health or other roster issues, most of them should get a chance to show what they’re capable of. Here are five guys who really need to make the most of every chance they get in the next few months.