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Patriots' young players coming through

Cunningham, Hernandez, McCourty among rookies having a major impact

Updated: November 10, 2010, 2:23 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

When the New England Patriots gathered for training camp in late July, one of the major questions was how quickly first- and second-year players would integrate into the mix.

In one sense, the team's 2010 theme has been "fresh start, fresh faces," which reflects the 24 draft picks from '09 and '10, as well a few rookie free agents who broke through, expected to play important roles.

Back in August, we wrote, "If the Patriots are to defend their AFC East title, and potentially ...

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