In the time leading up to the beginning of training camp, we will be bringing you previews for each New England Patriots positional group. Up next is the cornerbacks.
That’s all I really should say about this positional group. The Patriots went out and got the best cover corner in the NFL. Game over.
New England’s secondary just went from good, to elite, as they not only brought in Revis, but also Brandon Browner, an absolute monster in the defensive backfield. Between these two additions, I am confident in saying that the Pats will have a top five pass defense next year, possibly even higher than that.
Now what should we be watching for in training camp? I personally want to know how Alfonzo Dennard, and Logan Ryan look, because they will most likely be manning the “nickel” spot, which is very important in this passing league. Once Browner returns from his four game suspension, it is all but guaranteed that he will take over the starting job opposite Revis. But covering the middle of the field is just as important, so Dennard and Ryan must come ready to play.
I have faith in both of these two guys, specifically Dennard, who I maintain could have been one of the best in the game if it weren’t for his small frame. Ryan had an excellent rookie campaign, which puts pressure on him to improve upon that season this year. Kyle Arrington is next “in line”, and despite the criticism that is constantly hurled his way, he is a very good slot defender. Having someone like that available in case of injury is excellent for Bill Belichick, as depth is one of the most important elements in building a good football team.
A lot of people have Daxton Swanson making the team after the top five guys, but I personally like Justin Green more. In the 2013 preseason, he played a good amount, and I came away extremely impressed. He is a tough guy, plays aggressive, and can really play some fine man coverage. I don’t know how that will translate to training camp, but I will be pulling for him to make the final roster, instead of Swanson, or Malcolm Butler.
As an overall position, it is safe to say that they will do very well in 2014. The core group is set, and they havea few great backups waiting in the wings. I can’t wait to see how Revis and company look in real football action.