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The Patriots' upgraded depth means roster spots clearly will be at a premium. One of the more difficult positions to stack up is wide receiver, where the team could carry six or even seven players. A lot of this depends on the health of Wes Welker, but there likely will be a tough cut here. The surefire players on the roster are Welker and Randy Moss. Promising 2009 draft picks Brandon Tate and Julian Edelman and ’10 third-rounder Taylor Price are near certainties, too. That likely means the team will choose one or two more wideouts from a pool that includes Torry Holt, Sam Aiken, Matthew Slater and others. One team source we talked to believes that Holt, despite working with the first team much of the offseason, and Aiken, a special-teams ace and valuable reserve, could battle for the final WR roster spot and that Holt might seriously be on the bubble.
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