Breaking Down New England Patriots' Likely Opening Game Starting Lineup

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Breaking Down New England Patriots' Likely Opening Game Starting Lineup
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Which players are most likely to crack their way into the starting lineup?

With training camp reaching its conclusion, it is no longer premature to try and project depth charts.  While competitions are still fluid at multiple spots, particularly along both lines, we can at least pinpoint definitive front-runners based on the first two preseason games.

The New England Patriots came into the offseason with fewer holes than most teams, so most of these projections should not strike one as particularly surprising.  Therefore, rather than examining each position as an isolated entity, it is more helpful if we dissect how each projected starter figures to work in conjunction with the other 10 offensive or defensive players.

As a side note, since the Patriots are so multiple in their weekly game-planning, it can be hard to classify certain positions as "starting" caliber.  For the sake of clarity, we will look at the offense through "11" personnel (3 WR, 1 RB, 1 TE) and the defense through a 4-2-5 nickel scope.

With all those guidelines out of the way, let's take a look at the players most likely to play starter-like snaps on September 7 against the Miami Dolphins.

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