Early returns on Pats' young players

An opinion of where rookies and second-year players fit on the 2010 roster

Updated: August 6, 2010, 12:05 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The theme of 2010 New England Patriots training camp is "fresh start, fresh faces" -- a result of the team selecting 24 players over the past two drafts. Add in No. 2 quarterback Brian Hoyer, who made the club as a rookie free agent last season, and what's resulted is an unprecedented injection of youth.

If the Patriots are to defend their AFC East title, and potentially contend for a Super Bowl championship, the development of this group is crucial. About half of the ...

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