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An ominous sign?

That Patriots were buyers instead of sellers in shaping roster may not portend well

Updated: September 5, 2010, 8:52 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

In part because of the lack of development of home-grown players, and also due to an unfortunate run of injuries, the New England Patriots have been buyers, not sellers, as they shape their 53-man roster this season.

It has been a change of direction for a club that takes pride in stockpiling draft picks and practicing what owner Robert Kraft calls "quality depth management."

Some might commend the 2010 approach as evidence that coach Bill Belichick will do anything to ...

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