On the bubble
In the best of the rest column, look no further than OL Dan Connolly, DL Jonathan Fanene, CB Devn McCourty and DE Trevor Scott. Connolly will likely play a pivotal role if Logan Mankins is unable to start the season on time due to injury. But he can also slide over and play center. It looks like he’ll be the first off the bench in case of injury this season. Fanene is similarly versatile. He can play all over the defensive line and is expected to contribute in the role envisioned for Shaun Ellis last season. McCourty, if he can recapture the form of his rookie season, can have a huge impact on the secondary this season. And Scott, who had a great minicamp, is expected to provide some much needed pass rush for the defense to take the ease off the secondary.