Scouting the Patriots in 2011
CB Devin McCourty (pictured), CB Leigh Bodden, S Patrick Chung, S Sergio Brown, Kyle Arrington, Ras-I Dowling, Josh Barrett, Antwaun Molden, James Ihedigbo
In Bodden, Chung, and McCourty, the Patriots essentially know what they're getting. Everyone after that is more of an unknown. Bodden didn't play much in the preseason and is coming off a season lost to rotator cuff surgery, but he is the most experienced of the bunch and saw some snaps at the "star" position, over the slot receiver; McCourty was a rookie revelation, but the pressure is on to build on that season. In his third season, Chung is handed the reins of the safety position, a job some feel he is more than ready for. Whom he pairs with is another question, though it will likely be Brown, a rookie free agent just a year ago.