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Patriots playing it both ways

Dealings with Matt Light highlight team's long- and short-term planning

Updated: August 1, 2011, 11:23 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- One of the most challenging aspects of running a team is striking the balance between remaining competitive in the present while also building for the future. The New England Patriots have done it better than most, which is highlighted by what has recently unfolded along their offensive line.

Uncertainty on the left side, coupled with advancing age in four of the five spots up front, made the line one of the crucial areas for management to address.

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