Pats' roster philosophy in full bloom

The timely emergence of Blount, Collins and other no-names is all part of the plan

Updated: January 16, 2014, 8:37 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

When considering the core principles of the New England Patriots' roster-building philosophy, and why this franchise has been consistently successful in Bill Belichick's 14-year tenure, there is a timely example that almost perfectly captures the multiple layers it entails.

Simply look at the two players who are trending after the team's AFC divisional-round playoff win over the Colts -- bulldozing running back LeGarrette Blount and ultra-athletic rookie linebacker Jamie Collins.

Then ...

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