7 Patriots players fighting for their jobs after minicamp

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Chad Ryland

It was clear after he completed a rough rookie season last year that Chad Ryland would have a lot to prove to keep his spot on the Patriots roster moving forward. Instead of being immediately released like other teams might have done, Mayo professed Ryland deserved another chance, and the kicker has taken the challenge head-on.

At the same time, however, they have brought in competition for the lone specialist spot by signing veteran Joey Slye in free agency. The former Commander came to the Patriots after a three-year stint with Washington, where he recorded 84.8% field goal completion and 89% extra point completion, which isn't perfect but is better in a lot of ways.

So far through spring practices, Slye has performed at a higher level and been more consistent, which was Ryland's biggest issue last year.

It's unfortunate for the young player, considering he became known for having a strong leg and even looked impressive throughout his rookie offseason. He still has time to bounce back and prove he's the right man for the job, but competing against a proven veteran won't be easy.