DE (4): Chandler Jones, Rob Ninkovich, Michael Buchanan, Jermaine Cunningham
DT (4): Vince Wilfork, Tommy Kelly, Kyle Love, Armond Armstead
The Patriots defensive line is a versatile group that should see multiple players both inside and outside the defensive line.
Chandler Jones will be looking to build on what was a promising start to his rookie year. Rob Ninkovich enters a contract year, but should be a lock to start the season at the left defensive end spot.
Rookie Michael Buchanan and Jermaine Cunningham get the nod over Jason Vega, Jake Bequette and Justin Francis. Cunningham enters camp on the bubble, but has good versatility in his favor. Bequette was disappointing in his rookie year and will need to make a big jump to make the team.
Francis was promising toward the end of the 2012 season, but is now likely expendable with the additions of Armond Armstead and Buchanan.
Vince Wilfork will once again be the key defensive chess piece for Bill Belichick, but the addition of Tommy Kelly should ease the load on him, while also providing more pass rush ability than last year's base defense starter Kyle Love.
Love is a solid run-stopper and will be part of the rotation, with Armstead being advertised as another versatile player who can play multiple spots on the defensive line.