The New England Patriots’ Top Five Training Camp Battles


Published: July 20, 2009

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... Patriots there will be more competition at starting spots than there has been in a long time.

Here is a look at the top five battles at Patriots' camp and our projection of who will come out on top:


5. Right Tackle

Nick Kaczur has been decent in his four years with the Pats, but the addition of monsterman Sebastian Vollmer via the second round of this year's draft could make things interesting. Vollmer played both left and right tackle in mini-camps, and has the size and athleticism to contribute right away. The wild card is Ryan O'Callaghan, who has seen spot duty in three seasons though he missed almost all of 2008 with an injury.

Our Projection: Kaczur holds off the young Sea Bass. O'Callaghan is sent packing.


4. Starting Running Back

The Patriots favor the running back-by-committee approach. No matter how the depth ch...

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