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Patriots' Vollmer figures to start, but where?

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By Eric Edholm

Patriots OT Sebastian Vollmer was a pleasant surprise as a rookie, filling in ably at both left and right tackle with injuries to starters Matt Light and Nick Kaczur. It appeared to be an accelerated learning curve for Vollmer, who did not get a lot of draft attention from other teams but clearly piqued the Patriots' interest late in Round Two. Now the question comes of where Vollmer will play in 2010. On the one hand, the Patriots are handcuffed a bit because Light is strictly a left tackle; Bill Belichick has admitted as much. And though Kaczur is replaceable, he signed an extension last season and is likely to stay. Is it possible, then, that Light — who showed signs of wear at times in '09 — could be cut? Don't rule it out. A trade also is a possibility, though the Patriots don't appear to be actively shopping him. A deal might not happen until after the first round is over and the top tackle prospects are off the board. Remember, the Patriots traded CB Ellis Hobbs to the Eagles, seemingly out of left field, on Day Two of last year's draft and a similar deal with Light or others could materialize quickly.


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