After acquiring second year Eagles defensive back Eric Rowe, the depth in the New England secondary has become one of the teams stronger aspects.
Rowe has shown glimpses of very good football, including his performance against New England last season, allowing just 4 receptions on 12 targets.
Rowe will bounce around the Patriots secondary, playing both safety positions at times, and will likely battle rookie Cyrus Jones and Justin Coleman for the nickel corner spot. This type of versatility is likely the exact reason Belichick brought him in.
His youth, strength and upside could potentially replace the spot New England hoped Jordan Richards would fill, but after a tough rookie year and less than stellar camp/preseason this year, Rowe is in a position to complement one of the better defensive backfields in the league.