Playing deep at safety

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FOXBOROUGH — Soft-spoken but imposing in stature, 33-year-old Adrian Wilson is one of only six players in NFL history to record at least 25 sacks and 25 interceptions in his career.

When the Patriots signed the five-time Pro Bowler in March, they wanted a veteran presence at safety.

“But no, I don’t consider myself the leader of the safeties,” Wilson said. “I’m just falling in the background. Devin is the leader in that room.”

That would be Devin McCourty, a captain last season. But he’s not the most experienced returning safety on New England’s roster. That’s Steve Gregory, entering his eighth year in the NFL.

Also in the group: Tavon Wilson, coming off a promising rookie campaign, and Duron Harmon, a third-round draft pick this year.

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