How will Patriots rookie Duke Dawson be used if active?

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FOXBORO -- For Patriots second-round pick Duke Dawson, it hasn't been the easiest of rookie seasons.

The cornerback landed on injured reserve at the beginning of the season, but was activated to the active roster during the bye week.

It's worth wondering what his role will be considering there are now seven cornerbacks on the active roster. When speaking Wednesday, Dawson said he's been used as a slot corner in practice.

However he's used, he feels he can play as much as the coaches want him to.

“If I had to play 50 snaps, I could play 50 snaps,” he said. “Whatever the coaches want me to do, I’m here to do it.”

Given the numbers at the position, there's a chance Dawson is inactive Sunday, but after missing so much time he's happy just to be back on the active roster.

“It’s very exciting," he said. "As a competitor, you always want to go out and compete and help the team any way you can. That’s been me my whole life. Just paying attention to every little detail, because you never know when your name’s going to be called. So, I always want to be in tune, even if I’m not playing."

Dawson added: “At the end of the day, it’s football. It’s a fun sport. You get to go out and enjoy every moment with [your teammates] and build relationships and that’s what I’ve done since I’ve been here."