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The 2014 Patriots won the Super Bowl, so why can’t this version?

The New England Patriots are 2-2, they’ve lost an embarrassing game against the Kansas City Chiefs, and there are problems on the roster that seem unfixable in the middle of the season. Many are wondering if this era of Patriots football might be over.

Sound familiar?

What the Patriots are going through right now is eerily similar to what happened in 2014. The Patriots were also 2-2 after four games then, with the Chiefs loss coming on Monday Night Football during Week 4 and the fan base spinning into a frenzy.

Things worked out pretty well that season. The team went on to win the Super Bowl, and it all started when the team went “on to Cincinnati” a week later. That is the situation that this current team is in now, and some players see it as motivating. According to Jim McBride of The Boston GlobeJames White sees plenty of similarities between that team and this one.

“Guys took it as a challenge. We came out the next week against the Bengals and guys were just flying around, making plays, and just trying to improve off the Kansas City game,’’ White said Monday afternoon. “That’s all it really is. That’s the approach we really take every week whether you’re coming off a loss or a win. You try to find things you can improve on and come out flying around that next week.”

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In that sense, these early losses could prove to be beneficial to the Patriots this season. It’d be easy for a team that has had as much success as New England to get complacent.

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The second-year pro went unclaimed.

Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images

As part of cutting their roster from 90 to the regular-season maximum of 53 ctive players, the New England Patriots released running back D.J. Foster yesterday. Due to the move, Foster was exposed to the waiver wire and free to be claimed by the NFL’s other 31 teams.

However, according to the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe, this did not happen and the second-year pro will instead return to New England:

D.J. Foster cleared waivers and will return to the Patriots on the practice squad.

Getting Foster onto their practice squad has to be considered a success for the Patriots. After all, the 23-year old former undrafted rookie free agent effectively is New England’s top emergency option at the receiving back position. In case James WhiteDion Lewis or Rex Burkhead were lost to injury for an extended period of time, Foster would likely serve as the next man down the depth chart.

During the preseason, the versatile running back led the Patriots in rushing attempts (30) and yards (92) and scored a touchdown. He added another score through the air and caught a total of 13 passes for 150 yards. Having a player like that as an additional layer of depth on the scout team is certainly a plus.

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — When the New England Patriots enter the NFL draft each year, the ideal scenario is that their roster is stocked in a way that if a game were to be played this week, there wouldn’t be any major holes. That way, the club can go in a variety of directions during the draft, with long-range planning in mind.

After the signing of restricted free-agent running back Mike Gillislee on Monday, the New England offense looks loaded.

Quarterback: Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo, Jacoby Brissett

This is arguably the strongest top-to-bottom depth chart in the NFL. Brady turns 40 on Aug. 3 but has shown few, if any, signs of slowing down. Garoppolo is entering the final year of his contract, while Brissett is signed through 2019 (like Brady).

Running back: Gillislee, James White, Rex Burkhead, Dion Lewis, D.J. Foster, Brandon Bolden

Over a span of the last five weeks, the Patriots have paid up at the position, signing Gillislee, White and Burkhead to deals that average more than $3 million per season in maximum value. This position looks well stocked, with the potential for a diverse committee in which each of the top options brings something a little different to the table. Any other running back added to the roster would seemingly have a tough time making the final cut.

Fullback: James Develin, Glenn Gronkowski

Re-signed to a two-year deal as an unrestricted free agent this offseason, Develin brings an element of toughness to the team — on offense and special teams. Gronkowski provides insurance in the event of injury.

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New England Patriots running back James White during a NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015. (Winslow Townson/AP Images for Panini)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady gave his MVP truck from Super Bowl XLIX to cornerback Malcolm Butler as a way of saying thanks for his game-saving interception. This year, he said running back James White deserves it.

But there was one notable problem: Since Super Bowl XLIX, the Super Bowl MVP has no longer received a truck.

Enter Conan O’Brien and Ford, who presented White with a Ford F-150 on O’Brien’s late-night talk show.

That’s a pretty neat moment for White, the 2014 fourth-round draft choice out of Wisconsin.

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Kevin Faulk scores a 2-point conversion off a direct snap against the Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII to put the Patriots ahead 29-22. Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Quick-hit thoughts and notes around the New England Patriots and NFL:

1. James White and Kevin Faulk will forever be linked in Patriots history after White’s direct-snap two-point conversion rush that was a huge fourth-quarter play in the team’s Super Bowl LI comeback.

As many reminded Faulk immediately after, that was a play he made famous during his Patriots Hall of Fame career (1999-2011).

“When he motioned into the backfield and was pretty close to the quarterback, I kind of knew it was coming. And when it happened, I was like ‘Yes!'” Faulk relayed from his Louisiana home. “That’s when my Twitter feed started going crazy, with people saying ‘That’s your play! That’s your play!'”

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