The New England Patriots’ ’09 Defense

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Published: March 27, 2009

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... On paper, they look pretty solid except for linebacker. I still think they'll bring in Jason Taylor or Julius Peppers to help out there, though.

It looks like they'll also throw most of their draft picks at defense in the upcoming draft. Here is a look at how their defense stands now.

 

Defensive Line

Nose Tackle

Starter: Vince Wilfork. Still one of the top nose tackles in the league. Re-signing him is one of the Pats' top concerns.

Top backup: Mike Wright. Nice backup at nose tackle or defensive end. Just signed a four-year deal.

Left Defensive End

Starter: Ty Warren. Had a down year in 2008, but still one of the best 3-4 linemen around.

Top backup: Le Kevin Smith. A lot like Wright; I think Smith will get more playing time this year with a lot of the other players being in their last year.

Right Defensive End

Starter: Richard Seymour. Led the team with eigh...

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