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Starting Outside Cornerbacks: Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner
Depending on the defensive scheme being deployed, New England Patriots fans could see a lot of cornerbacks line up across from Revis. Browner is the choice if you want to play a single safety and press the receivers at the line.
Logan Ryan, Alfonzo Dennard and Kyle Arrington will all likely see some time outside as well.
Next Man Up: Logan Ryan, Alfonzo Dennard, Kyle Arrington
Starting "Star" Cornerback: Logan Ryan
The "star" position—the cornerback that is inserted when the Sam linebacker is removed—is basically a starter, as NFL defenses are in sub-packages about half of the time.
Ryan showed last season that he is adept at playing inside and out. With his ability to get his hands on the football, the Patriots coaching staff will find a way to get him on the field.
Next Man Up: Alfonzo Dennard, Kyle Arrington
Starting Safeties: Devin McCourty, Duron Harmon
With Steve Gregory now a free agent, Harmon is the best option to line up next to McCourty, who was one of the best safeties in football last year. Harmon—a surprise third-round pick in 2013—held his own as a rookie.
Expect the Patriots to play a lot of single safety coverage with their talented group of cornerbacks. They can squeeze the field with their physicality and funnel receivers toward McCourty.
Adding a strong safety in the draft isn't out of the question.
Next Man Up: Tavon Wilson, Nate Ebner