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The Pats' perennial stars may not be shining in this week's passing camp, which means some newer names are taking advantage of their opportunities. Details in today's News Blitz.

One of the good things about this week's Patriots passing camp is that we're getting a chance to see more of some of the lesser known players on the team's roster.

Like newcomer Tank Williams, a safety who has previously played for Tennessee and Minnesota, and who may find more than one role with New England's defense.

"I've played multiple positions throughout my career, so I feel like if I get my playbook, I should be able to do it," said Williams. "It's one of those things where you have to be accustomed to playing back in the field, or down close, and know the different tactics you have to use for each one."

Last year's third-string QB, Matt GUtierrez, is also getting a lot of reps this week, as he and rookie Kevin O'Connell are the only signal-callers on the field.

Gutierrez beat the odds last season by making the team as an undrafted rookie free agent.

"It feels good," Gutierrez replied when asked about being back on the practice field. "Even though I've been around for a year, I still have a lot to learn. There’s progress to be made."

Another player with a lot of learning ahead of him is Ray Ventrone, the former safety turned wide receiver.

"It's exciting, learning a new position," said Ventrone. "There's obviously challenges that come with it, but I'm just trying to make myself as well-rounded a player as I can. Obviously I'm going to hopefully contribute on special teams, and if I can learn another position I guess that makes me more valuable."

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