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Safety Steve Gregory Is Already Developing into a Leader

Not very often do you see a player that’s entering his first year with a team emerge as a leader right off the bat.

For safety Steve Gregory, this has not been the case—Gregory has emerged as one of the team’s leaders on the defensive side of the ball. In fact, Gregory has been like a coach on the field for the New England Patriots secondary.

The 29-year-old went undrafted back in 2006 and signed with the San Diego Chargers. Throughout his six-year career with the Chargers, Gregory played in a total of 85 games while starting 31 of them as he accumulated 185 tackles, four interceptions and 17 pass deflections. Gregory’s best season with San Diego came a year ago, as he recorded 67 tackles, one interception and three pass deflections in 15 games.

There’s no secret that New England’s biggest weakness in 2011 was their secondary, despite the team running the table in the AFC—and Gregory projects to have a major impact on the secondary’s performance in 2012.

Gregory was signed by the Patriots on March 15 to a three-year contract worth $7.05 million.

Throughout the first nine days of training camp, it’s been so far so good for the veteran defensive back as he’s impressed the team with not only his performance but how he’s already established himself as a leader in the defensive backfield.

As of right now, it’s almost certain that Gregory will start opposite of Patrick Chung as New England’s safeties in 2012.


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