Patriots trying experienced route

New England filling training camp roster with veterans rather than rookies

Updated: July 23, 2012, 9:43 AM ET
By Mike Rodak | ESPNBoston.com

CHELSEA, Mass. -- At the end of a grueling practice off a typical NFL training camp, veterans will shed their helmets and shoulder pads, walking off the practice field a bit lighter than when they arrived.

Rookies will follow behind, hauling the veterans' cargo back to the locker room. Some find creative ways to tote the added equipment.

It's familiar sight across the league, but it may not be seen too often this summer in New England.

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