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And we’re off! It’s an exciting time of year as the Pats are back at it in Foxboro and all is right with the world.
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Patriots Training Camp Preview: Safety
The New England Patriots finally found an answer at safety in 2013 in Devin McCourty, after years of instability and inconsistency at the position. McCourty became just the third player to be named an All Pro at two different positions.
But with the release of Steve Gregory, McCourty will have a new starter next to him in 2014, with second-year player Duron Harmon the favorite to land the role.
But how do the rest of the safeties match up should injuries strike? Here’s our final training camp positional preview with the safeties.
Patriots Training Camp Preview: Cornerback
No other position got the makeover that cornerback did for the New England Patriots this offseason. Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner headlines the 2014 free agent class and instantly give the Pats their best secondary since the dynasty years.
But how will the trickle down effect play out for talented young corners like Logan Ryan and Alfonzo Dennard? And where does Kyle Arrington fit in?
Our training camp preview series continues with a look at a reloaded cornerback group.
Current #Patriots depth chart… PUP/NFI in red. Rookies in highlighted yellow. Italics on those with current known injury issues.
Patriots Training Camp Preview: Linebacker
The Patriots lost two linebackers this offseason - Brandon Spikes and Dane Fletcher, and though they didn’t make a splashy addition to replace them this offseason, they still have a promising starting trio remaining. The headline is that defensive signal caller Jerod Mayo returns from a pectoral tear that ended his 2013 season early.
But the depth behind Mayo, Dont’a Hightower and Jamie Collins is still largely an unknown. With a collection of rookie and veteran free agents, the Pats could find themselves with some new faces at the linebacker position making an impact.
Here’s our preview of the linebackers.
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Patriots Training Camp Preview: Defensive Tackle
There were some major headlines this offseason for the Patriots at the defensive tackle position. The first was Vince Wilfork restructuring his contract after a somewhat acrimonious beginning in February.
Tommy Kelly did the same and, along with the first-round selection of the explosive Dominique Easley in the first round of the draft, the Pats have some promise in the front middle of their front seven.
The Pats still have some questions at the position, but if everyone is healthy it might just be one of the deepest and most talented spots on the roster.
Here’s our defensive tackle preview.
Patriots Training Camp Preview: Tight End
With Rob Gronkowski ending the 2013 season on IR once again, most prognosticators figured the Pats would make a move on a tight end, either in free agency, the draft, or both this offseason.
The Pats re-signed Michael Hoomanawanui, but didn’t spend a single draft pick at the position, when most mocks gave them one of Jace Amaro, Troy Niklas, CJ Fiedorowicz or Austin Seferian Jenkins.
The Pats did kick the tires on a few of the injured free agent tight ends but never made a move. What can we expect to see from a lighter-than-expected tight end group this season?
Here’s our preview of a sparse tight end group.