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The Patriots are currently ranked 28th in pass defense.
While that is a slight improvement from last year's 31st ranking, it's just not good enough for a Super Bowl contender.
Yes, the Patriots made it to the Super Bowl with a bad pass defense last year, but the defensive backs were unable to contain the Giants' passing attack and seal the win in the final minutes.
It's time for the Patriots to shake things up back there and they could start by keeping rookie Alfonzo Dennard at right cornerback in place of a struggling Kyle Arrington. Despite missing substantial time during training camp, the former Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year has looked good in limited action.
But the Patriots can't stop there.
Perhaps they should try former second-round choice Ras-I Dowling at safety or test him out at left cornerback and let Devin McCourty man the free safety spot.
Look, Dennard and Dowling might not be the most experienced guys in the league, but they have talent. It's time to put that talent to work and start building a Super Bowl-caliber secondary.