On Sunday, it was noted that the Patriots' nickel defense (5 defensive backs) was a disappointment in the team's third preseason game against the Redskins.
The natural follow-up was: Who played in the nickel?
The Patriots' primary personnel was a four-man line with Derrick Burgess and Tully Banta-Cain as ends rushing the passer. The Patriots rotated two tackles inside to keep them fresh, using Richard Seymour, Ty Warren, Vince Wilfork and Jarvis Green in there.
Adalius Thomas and Jerod Mayo were the primary linebackers, with Jonathan Wilhite, Leigh Bodden, Darius Butler, Brandon Meriweather and James Sanders the defensive backs.
The Patriots struggled on third down last season -- a result of a disconnect between their rush and coverage -- and they're still working to find their groove this year when it comes to the nickel.