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James White has unique place in Patriots history

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Having the game’s best head coach and quarterback wasn’t the only reason the New England Patriots built a dynasty.

Along with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, the Patriots always had other special players, difference makers on offense, defense and special teams.

They had shutdown corners, tough-as-nails slot receivers and clutch third-down backs.

Sifting through the six Super Bowl wins, one of the constants was having a great third-down back, a player who could deliver in the clutch.

Kevin Faulk was one of Tom Brady’s primary go-to-guys during the first three championships.