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Second acts remain long-running part of team-building with Patriots

Turns out, you can go home again.

The Patriots have arguably been more active than any franchise when it comes to team-building this offseason, addressing a wide variety of issues on both sides of the ball. They started with tight end Jonnu Smith at the beginning of the tampering period, and continued with high-end talent like Matthew Judon and Hunter Henry.

While New England’s aggressive approach in free agency doesn’t necessarily correspond with their traditional team-building style, one aspect of their roster construction this spring does look awfully familiar: the return of some familiar faces.

Historically, second acts in Foxborough are a trend that goes back many years under Bill Belichick.