One of the biggest mysteries is what sort of alignment the New England Patriots will deploy on defense to take advantage of newly signed toys like cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner.
According to Ben Volin of the The Boston Globe, their deployment has been very strict:
Revis Island has become Revis Hemisphere, with Revis lining up strictly on the left side of the field and fellow newcomer Brandon Browner playing only on the right side. No matter how the offense lines up or which receivers are on the field, Revis is on the left, Browner on the right.
If those positions hold, the Patriots will likely show a steady diet of man coverage with some Cover 3 mixed in as well. Revis and Browner look best in press coverage, getting their hands on the receivers and using their physicality to disrupt their release and throw off the timing of the play.
One thing to look for is how Revis and Browner's presence affects Devin McCourty. Will he serve as Browner's backstop and ignore Revis' side of the field or will he take some snaps as a single high safety and play some centerfield.
Bill Belichick and Matt Patricia certainly won't show their whole hand in the first preseason game, but it will be interesting to see what they deign to disclose.