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FOXBORO -- Brandon Meriweather made the Pro Bowl last season and should have been a positive veteran influence for a young New England defense that now starts four second-year players and two rookies.
Problem is, he's not on the field as much as those youngsters he's supposed to be tutoring.
After seeing more snaps than anyone else on the Patriots defense in 2009, Meriweather is no longer a starter in New England.
"I haven't been myself in practice," Meriweather said.
Whether he was himself or not, that's probably secondary to whether he was what New England's defensive coaches wanted him to be. Meriweather admitted he was doing things in the preseason that he probably shouldn't have been doing, and that misbehavior dropped him on the depth chart.
"Basically that was all my fault that I'm not on the field as much," Meriweather said. "I need to be a lot more consistent. I was trying a lot of things in camp just to see if they would work and they wasn't. Instead of stop trying them and doing as I was coached, I kept trying them."