While Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are among the familiar faces that fans are looking forward to seeing back at Gillette Stadium, this game will also offer a glimpse at some newcomers making their Patriots debuts.
The team's two first-round picks Dont'a Hightower and Chandler Jones are expected to suit up against N'Awlins, and the rookies will be taking the field for their very first time as members of the New England squad. Jones, the team's 21st pick in the draft, and Hightower, pick No. 25, will get a chance to test themselves against the offensive line of the high-octane Saints offense.
Meanwhile, on the offensive side of things, Brandon Lloyd and Donte Stallworth will line up for the first time. In Lloyd's case, it will be his first time catching passes from Brady in a game situation ever, while Stallworth has been with the Pats once before and it will be a reunion of sorts.
It's only a preseason game, sure, but it's still Patriots football. With the team gearing up for another run at the Lombardi Trophy, who are you most excited about getting a chance to see suit up in red, white and blue?