New England Patriots: What We've Learned Through Week 3 of Training Camp

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New England Patriots: What We've Learned Through Week 3 of Training Camp
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The New England Patriots are beginning to pinpoint where their biggest strengths and main weaknesses lie. For the former category, consider the pass defense.

While a lot of offseason attention has been dedicated to the arrival of premier cornerback Darrelle Revis, an undrafted cover man is showing the Pats secondary won't be a one-man show.

The revamped defensive backfield will also be ably assisted by what is shaping up to be a very deep, talented rotation of pass-rushers. A late-round draft pick is steadily making an impression among a group already boosted by the arrival of graybeard defensive end Will Smith.

However, it's not been all good news for the defense. The unit's ability to stop the run has been called into question during recent scrimmages and preseason action.

Over on the offense, the franchise might be rethinking its view on backup quarterback Ryan Mallett. He has wasted an opportunity to merit buzz as Tom Brady's possible successor.

Here's a closer look at some of the lessons learned through the third week of Pats camp.

 

All statistics via NFL.com.

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