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Fletcher makes leap to bigger role

Former undrafted free agent finds himself spearheading Patriots' defense

Updated: August 12, 2011, 12:10 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The significance of the moment wasn't lost on Dane Fletcher. One year ago, he was the undrafted free agent trying desperately to learn a new position in hopes of simply earning a roster spot with the Patriots. On Thursday night, Fletcher sported the green dot on his helmet and handled the bulk of the defensive play-calling duties during New England's exhibition opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

"[Coach Bill] Belichick kinda put it in a good summary, that I didn't ...

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