New England Patriots: Ranking the top defensive starters for 2018

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4. Patrick Chung, Safety

One of the most consistent safeties on the roster over the years, Chung is a solid performer who has been a staple on defense for the past four seasons.

Chung has been touted for his outstanding football IQ, plus his ability to read offenses accurately. He is a skilled open field tackler and can close distance with his quickness.

The Patriots also use Chung in various blitz packages due to his hitting power coupled with his instinctive approach to defense.

Chung tallied 71 total tackles last season, 84 combined. He also recovered two fumbles and intercepted a pass for the season.

The Patriots backfield is the best part of their defense. It is a talented, veteran group that is motivated to maintain their dominance and focusing on keeping opposing teams from scoring.