Josh Barrett facing questions

Updated: September 27, 2011, 12:27 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- When the New England Patriots made the decision earlier this year to move forward without veteran safeties Brandon Meriweather and James Sanders, their actions suggested confidence in the young tandem of Josh Barrett and Sergio Brown.

Yet Barrett, a third-year player, and second-year man Brown had combined for a mere 379 total defensive snaps during their NFL careers (Barrett 285, Brown 94), according to data logged by analytical site Pro Football Focus. By comparison, ...

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