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Here we have a three-way battle for two starting spots at defensive end.
Adrian Clayborn recorded 7.5 sacks last season, in addition to 29 solo tackles. On the defensive line, he was an unbeatable force that started all 16 games. It is most likely that Clayborn will be start next season, but first he must prove he's the best.
Michael Bennett has a crucial leg up over Bowers and Clayborn: experience. While the other two gentlemen only enter their second seasons, Bennett has four years already under his belt, and only has just blossomed. 2011 was statistically his best season by a long-shot, as he strung together four sacks and 35 solo tackles.
Da' Quan Bowers is the dark horse in this competition. He saw limited action in 2011, despite being perfectly healthy (as far as we know). His potential, however, landed him a second-round draft selection even though he had rather large injury concerns. He could have experienced a free-fall, as Chris Polk did in 2012, but was scooped up on Day 2.