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RB LaMont Jordanhopes to resurrect his career while here in New England. That process began in the preseason opener against the Ravens.

Thurday night's opener was also the first significant platform for young linebackers trying to earn playing time in the complex Belichick 3-4 system. Patriots' hall of famer, Steve Nelson, was encouraged by the potential the linebackers bring to the field.

"He was patient and took care of his responsibility of having his gap covered. He also played great technique, keeping his shoulders square throughout the play, and then made a nice tackle," said Nelson to the *Boston Globe *when asked about Jerod Mayo'stackle on RB Ray Rice.

Lastly, everybody talks about versatility in the NFL as a key to success. Two of the Patriots' own, WR/S/KR Matthew Slaterand WR/S Ray Ventrone, are using their versatility to improve their chances of making the team.

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