Found August 19, 2014 on Football Nation:
I sure hope the NFL doesn't change the preseason format. The four-week schedule seems like just the right amount of time to give teams a chance to evaluate talent in real time. And young players, as well as, new players to the team, get their chances to make their best, first impression.The New England Patriots are known to have a steep learning curve, and Coach Belichick is as demanding as any in the league. Some new defensive players, like Darrelle Revis, are virtually guaranteed a roster spot. And no one is scrutinizing Vince Wilfork to see if he has what it takes to survive cuts next week.There is reason to be optimistic of the defense as a whole. We all know that the secondary got better just by adding Revis to the mix. He makes everybody better by his presence. And lining up next to big Vince has to be inspiring to the greenest lineman.In fact, barring injuries and looking just at the first-team defense, opposing offenses should be concerned that this D will not be easy pi...
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