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Despite inexperience, Patriots like Barrett at safety

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By Kevin Fishbain

The Patriots reportedly hosted safeties Darren Sharper and Renaldo Hill in August and made a run at 49ers S Dashon Goldson, possibly because they knew that Brandon Meriweather's days in New England were up. The Pats cut Meriweather and his backup, James Sanders, but did not bring in a new safety, electing to go with a pair of young players to split time at the position — Sergio Brown and Josh Barrett. It's Barrett, who missed the entire 2010 season with a shoulder injury, who got the start in Week One. The way we hear it, the Pats think Barrett is very talented and really like what he brings to the position, making them feel comfortable without having a veteran in the unit. Barrett adds the element of size that Bill Belichick continues to seek for his secondary. The 6-2, 225-pound safety has the build of an undersized linebacker and he ran a 4.37 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine in 2008. Barrett and Brown are both young, with work to do learning the team's complex defense. The Patriots could always add a veteran at some point, but it appears that they have little problem with the inexperience on the back line, for now.


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