New England Patriots: Pre-Camp 53-Man Roster Projection

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Tom Brady /
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FOXBORO, MA – SEPTEMBER 18: Trey Flowers
FOXBORO, MA – SEPTEMBER 18: Trey Flowers /

Defensive Tackle – 3

  1. Alan Branch
  2. Malcom Brown
  3. Vincent Valentine

New England will deploy a familiar interior defensive line in 2017, featuring three returning defensive tackles. 2016 third-round pick Vincent Valentine should see his role increase as he enters his second season in the pros. Alan Branch played 60% of the team’s defensive snaps last season, followed by Malcom Brown with 57%. With a year of experience under his belt, Valentine should expect to hear his name called more and more throughout the year.

Defensive End – 6

  1. Trey Flowers
  2. Lawrence Guy
  3. Rob Ninkovich
  4. Kony Ealy
  5. Derek Rivers
  6. Deatrich Wise

Free agent signee Lawrence Guy will be a player to watch out for as the regular season approaches. As CSN New England’s Phil Perry points out, Guy is a ‘swiss army knife’ of a defender. He has the size to play from the interior as a 1 technique or 2 technique defensive tackle along with the experience outside as a 3-4 defensive end. He could be utilized as a strong-side run defender with Trey Flowers on the opposite side as well as a 3 technique pass rusher. Guy’s versatility is a major advantage to his game.

Flowers will be called on as the Patriots’ top pass rusher with Rob Ninkovich and Kony Ealy subbing in at opposite ends.