New England Patriots: Strengths and Weaknesses of Every Pats D-Lineman

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New England Patriots: Strengths and Weaknesses of Every Pats D-Lineman
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The New England Patriots' defensive line has its strengths and its weaknesses.

In 2011, the Patriots' defensive front accounted for 31.5 of the team's 40 sacks, according to ESPN.com. However, NFL.com data shows the team still allowed 411.1 yards per game—good for 31st in the league.

New acquisitions like Jonathan Fanene, Trevor Scott, first-round draft pick Chandler Jones and third-rounder Jake Bequette will look to change that.

The added blend of experience and athleticism could pose a serious threat to opposing offenses in 2012.

With that said, here is a comprehensive assessment of each Patriot along the defensive line.

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