There are few things more enjoyable for a fan of an NFL team than seeing his favorite squad's rookies shine on the big stage.
The Patriots have rookies at all three levels of their defense, and they'll be counting on them to produce in order for the Pats' defense to improve from last year's D, which ranked 31st in yards allowed.
Contributing in their first NFL game seems like a lot for Coach Bill Belichick to ask of his rookies.
Still, the Pats' roster is oozing with young talent at several key positions, and it's reasonable to expect another strong season from this year's New England team.
Let's take a look at how the Pats' rookies will fare against Tennessee (with a particular focus on the defense).