Sophomores in the spotlight

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Patriots second-year tight ends Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski.As the New England Patriots departed Foxborough for the start of five offdays Wednesday, we put the team’s rookie class in the spotlight. Now it’s time to take a look at the sophomores through six games.

The Patriots have 15 second-year players currently attached to their roster, including practice squad and reserve lists. Nine of the team’s 12 draft picks that year remain with the team, many of whom have carved out big roles in New England.


A quick look at the performance of the second-year players for the Patriots:

Three members of the Patriots' 2010 draft class are no longer with the team in offensive lineman Ted Larsen (6th round, 205th overall); defensive lineman Kade Weston (7th round, 248th overall), and quarterback Zac Robinson (7th round, 250th overall)... The Patriots have three other second-year players currently on the roster that weren't with the team last year in cornerback Phillip Adams and practice squad offensive linemen Matt Kopa and Nick McDonald.

Your turn: Which sophomores are meeting, exceeding, or falling short of your expectations in their second NFL seasons. Sound off in the comments.