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One would think that if you can stop the run, defending the pass should be easy, right? Obvious passing situations, no problem right? The Patriots defensive secondary is setting pass defense back centuries. Injuries are playing their part. The absence of Patrick Chung and Steve Gregory has Matt Patricia moving pieces around to help the safety position. Devin McCourty played some, helping with the lack of experience that aided Sidney Rice to waltz past rookies Tavon Wilson and Nate Ebner for the game winning touchdown last week. However, safety isn't the only concern as cornerback has become increasingly unstable. Moving McCourty just creates a big void at corner, thus the mix and match, not a full time switch. Alfonzo Dennard is the new hot name getting kicked around. The rookie 7th rounder from Nebraska has shown some ball skills along with a physical style. Ras-I Dowling was supposed to be one of the outside corner positions, but he's regressed to a point where he is rarel...
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