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Patriots Blog: Fighting For Spots

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Patriots receivers Julien Edelman (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) and Brandon Tate (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images).

Patriots receivers Julien Edelman (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) and Brandon Tate (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images).

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BOSTON (CBS) – So maybe this game doesn’t mean a whole lot but the Patriots should end with a bang.

And it will have plenty of meaning for a few guys fighting for a job.

Can Julian Edelman take over all the returning duties and take the job from Brandon Tate? Julian is a better receiver and this preseason, has been better in the return game. Tonight he should solidify this spot.  Special teams coach Scott O’Brien could be leaning Julian’s way.

And now that James Sanders is gone, who are the Pats safeties?  I think Brandon Meriweather and Patrick Chung are the starters, but you can flip a coin as to where the Pats go from there. James Ihedigbo is a solid special teamer and Bill loves that. Sergio Brown has been given every chance to rock and maybe his time is now.

Read: Levan Reid’s Patriots Blog

If the Pats do play Tom Brady, I want them to throw the ball long and hit the outside receivers. They need to get that deep game going. Deion Branch has not caught anything this preseason and Taylor Price has yet to be consistent. It would be nice to see something from either of them this game.

Read: Game 4 Expectations

Final cuts come Saturday, when the Patriots have to trim the roster to 53. Some guys will be playing for those final spots tonight.

Tune in to the Patriots-Giants preseason game on 98.5 The Sports Hub and WBZ-TV Thursday night at 7:30pm. The Hub’s pregame coverage begins at 4pm, with the postgame show immediatly following the game. Tune in to WBZ-TV at 7pm for the Patriots Pregame show and immediately following the game for all the postgame reaction and analysis on Patriots 5th Quarter.

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