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Depth & competition on rise

In a piece now posted on ESPNBoston.com, Mike Reiss looks at the Patriots' free-agent activity and what Bill Belichick has accomplished.

"The winning culture that Bill Belichick has created with the New England Patriots includes many layers, and two of the most notable have been on display through the first six days of free agency.

"Belichick loves depth. He also wants a competitive environment in which no one is comfortable.

"Those two thoughts best sum up the free-agent binge that Belichick has been on since the 2012 league year officially began Tuesday, March 13 at 4 p.m. ET. For those who have lost track, we’re now up to nine signings/agreements with players from other teams. There have been five re-signings.

"No team around the NFL has been busier and if Belichick’s plans come to life on the field, no team will be deeper or as competitive.

To read the piece, CLICK HERE.