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By the numbers...

27 - The number of years the Patriots have trained at Bryant College, beginning in 1976. It's currently the fifth longest streak in the NFL.

83 - The number of players on the Patriots roster (as of Aug. 1)

73 - The number of players who have joined the team since January 2000.

14 - The number of veteran free agents who have joined the team since February 2002.

20 - The number of starters that are returning to the Patriots this season from the Super Bowl XXXVI starting line-up.

6'7" - The height of the tallest Patriots player
(T Grant Williams).

5'8" - The height of the shortest Patriots player
(RB Kevin Faulk).

322 lbs. - The weight of the heaviest Patriots player
(T Greg Robinson-Randall).

185 lbs. - The weight of the lightest Patriots player
(CB Ben Kelly).

21 - The age of the youngest Patriots player
(G Howard Duncan – 11/15/80).

36 - The age of the oldest Patriots player
(CB Otis Smith – 10/22/65).

13 - The number of years both Anthony Pleasant and Otis Smith have been in the NFL (most on the Patriots).

10 - The number of years Troy Brown has been with the Patriots (most on the Patriots).

124 - The number of games Brown has played in a Patriots uniform (most on the Patriots).

17-12 - Patriots head coach Bill Belichick's career record in the preseason.

6-3 - Belichick's record in the preseason with the Patriots.

0 - The number of points the Patriots have yielded in their last two Patriots preseason openers (20-0 vs. San Francisco-2000; 14-0 vs. N.Y. Giants-2001).

2 - The number of shutouts the Patriots have had in the preseason during their 42-year history.

3 - The number of times the Patriots have accumulated a winning streak in preseason openers. Their last winning streak was from 1976-81.

23 - The number of different division winners (out of 30) during the last five years in the NFL. The Patriots are one of seven teams to have won multiple division titles in the last five seasons.

.504 - The strength of the Patriots 2002 regular season schedule.

9 - The number of games on the Patriots schedule versus teams with records at or above .500 (Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins-2, N.Y. Jets-2, Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers).

8 - The number of Patriots 2002 opponents who qualified for the playoffs last season (Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins-2, N.Y. Jets-2, Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers).

6 - The number of nationally televised games the Patriots will appear in during the 2002 season, a single-season franchise record.

5 - The number of points kicker Adam Vinatieri (688 points) needs to surpass John Smith (692) for second place in Patriots history.

83 - The number of punt return yards Troy Browns (1,973) needs to move past Irving Fyrar (2,055) become the Patriots all-time punt returner.

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