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What Pats' preseason taught us

Belichick & Co. offered some surprises and plenty of positives

Updated: September 2, 2011, 11:21 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

Things we learned this preseason with the New England Patriots:

Defense will have a different look. After utilizing a 3-4 alignment as the base defense last season, featuring a style that players often refer to as "read and react," the Patriots have loaded up on defensive linemen and are attacking more in 2011. Bill Belichick previously acknowledged the composition of the roster is likely to be different from the past, with more linemen and fewer linebackers, which signifies a shift from ...

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