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Before the New England Patriots move into uncharted territory, it's time to appreciate the past.

The Patriots rolled out their latest all-decade team Wednesday, revealing the best player at each position (offense, defense and special teams) from 2010 to 2019.

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Here's the full squad, which actually includes 12 players on both offense and defense:

OFFENSE

OT Nate Solder
OT Sebastian Vollmer
G Logan Mankins
G Joe Thuney
C David Andrews

TE Rob Gronkowski
WR Julian Edelman
WR Wes Welker
QB Tom Brady
RB James White
FB James Develin
FLEX Danny Amendola

DEFENSE

DE Chandler Jones
DE Trey Flowers
DT Vince Wilfork
DT Lawrence Guy
OLB Rob Ninkovich
OLB Kyle Van Noy
ILB Dont'a Hightower
ILB Jerod Mayo
CB Stephon Gilmore
CB Malcolm Butler
S Devin McCourty
S Patrick Chung

SPECIAL TEAMS

K Stephen Gostkowski
P Ryan Allen
RET Julian Edelman
SPT Matthew Slater

The All-Decade team was voted on by the 27-member Patriots Hall of Fame Nomination Committee -- of which our Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry are both members -- on April 13.

It sounds like Curran and Perry got their way: Both Insiders nailed their ballots, with the exception of Curran having Shaq Mason at guard instead of Joe Thuney.

 

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It's a talented group, as New England won three Super Bowl titles and reached two more during this 10-year span.

Many players on this list weren't can't-miss superstars, though: Andrews, Welker, Amendola and Develin all were undrafted free agents, while Brady famously was a No. 199 overall draft pick in 2000 and Edelman was a seventh-round selection in 2009.

The Patriots will need more unsung heroes to step up in the next decade, as just nine players from this group of 28 are still in New England.