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, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers will square off. It’s a big game, but it’s not as big as it could be. And one of the two quarterbacks wants everyone to remember that.“I鈥檓 excited for the game,” Brady told Jim Gray of Westwood One during halftime of Thursday night’s Raiders-49ers game. “There鈥檚聽high聽stakes for both teams. I don鈥檛 want to make it anything more than it is. This isn鈥檛 the Super Bowl. This isn鈥檛 a playoff game. If you lose, the season isn鈥檛 over, but all these聽games are聽important. We鈥檙e going against a team聽that [has] very little margin of error, against a quarterback who can come聽back and score points in seconds, so I鈥檓 excited to try to play our best against a great team.鈥漈he Patriots have rebounded from a 1-2 start to win four in a row Womens Montee Ball Jersey
, putting them in position to contend once again for the first overall seed in the AFC. The Packers, struggling at 3-3-1 and winless away from home, are seeing their window close during a rough stretch for four road games in five weeks.So, yes, the game has significance for both teams. But not the ultimate significance. And it would be fitting if the Packers and Patriots were to get together at some point before Rodgers or Brady walk off into the sunset. Will the former second-round draft pick bounce back from what was essentially a redshirt rookie season?" Patriots AnalysisPatriots Player ProfilesPatriots Offseason CoverageNew England Patriots 2019 roster breakdown: #29 CB Duke Dawson Jr.Will the former second-round draft pick bounce back from what was essentially a redshirt rookie season?EDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:New England Patriots 2019 roster breakdown: #29 CB Duke Dawson Jr.TwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailPhoto by Billie Weiss/Getty ImagesThe New England Patriots, who will be off until training camp starts in late July, currently have 90 players on their active roster. However http://www.patriotslockerroom.com/authentic-troy-niklas-jersey
, only 53 of them will be able to survive the cutdowns on August 31 and ultimately make the team. Over the course of the summer, we will take a look at the players fighting for those spots to find out who has the best chances of helping the Patriots defend their Super Bowl title.Today, the series continues with a former second-round draft pick.Name: Duke Dawson Jr.Position: CornerbackJersey number: 29Opening day age: 23Experience: 1Size: 5’10, 200 lbs.2018 review: Duke Dawson’s NFL journey began when the Patriots traded up in the second round of the 2018 draft to select him 56th overall. The Florida product started his pro career by receiving regular practice reps alongside New England’s projected secondary starters in spring and early training camp. In the team’s preseason opener on August 9, he played 17 of a possible 60 defensive snaps (28.3%) and registered two tackles.In the week after the game, however, Dawson was limited in practice and subsequently held out of the Patriots’ remaining three preseason contests. And while he did stay on the active team through roster cutdowns Ja'Whaun Bentley Jersey
, the club opted to place him on its injured reserve list ahead of the season opener against the Houston Texans. He spent the first ten weeks of the regular season on IR before being activated again in early November.Dawson, who was reportedly moved to injured reserve because of a hamstring issue, regularly participated in practice after his return but was held out of the Patriots’ six remaining regular season games and three playoff contests. Even though the second-round pick essentially was redshirted in 2018, he did still find a way to contribute: Dawson was honored as a practice player of the week on three separate occasions.2019 preview: The Patriots have one of the deepest secondaries in the NFL, but Dawson is still expected to find his way onto the 53-man roster given his draft status and upside as a slot cornerback. That being said, his actual role on the team remains uncertain following organized team activities and mandatory minicamp: after all, Jonathan Jones appears to be on the inside track to earn the role as New England’s top slot corner.Unless Dawson can outperform Jones over the course of training camp and the preseason Womens Phillip Dorsett Jersey
, he projects to become little more than a rotational depth option in year two: he will see his fair share of defensive playing time, yes, but at best be the fifth cornerback on the team — and number two as a pure slot defender. It would therefore not be a surprise if Dawson saw most of his action this season on the Patriots’ special teams units.Even if he indeed fails to become a regular contributor on defense in 2019, however, the former second-round draft pick should not yet be labeled a ‘bust’: with Jones scheduled to enter unrestricted free agency next year, Dawson is in line to take over the slot role. This season might therefore be more about preparing to take the next step than already taking it.