Patriots Defense Starting To Jell, ‘Getting Better Every Day’

August 15, 2012 12:00 AM
Patriots Defense Starting To Jell, ‘Getting Better Every Day’
" BOSTON (CBS) – The much criticized Patriots defense of 2011 is an afterthought to the group that now takes the field preparing for 2012.

For a secondary that ranked 31st in the NFL last season, it’s a new year with new hope. Hope that Devin McCourty can right his ways after suffering one of the worst sophomore slumps in recent memory, Patrick Chung can stay healthy and take another leap forward in his progress, and hope that they can get contributions from youngsters Ras-I Dowling and Tavon Wilson.

After 20 days of camp and one preseason game, the defensive unit is starting to feel themesleves becoming just that: a unit working as one.

“It’s early but that’s definitely the goal,” said corner Kyle Arrington, who led the NFL with seven interceptions in 2011. “This is definitely the time to do it. Just keep stringing these days along. It’s tough – every day is like Groundhog’s Day but it’s the National Football League and that’s what training camp is for.”

“We’ve been flying around trying to make plays on the ball and priding ourselves on working on our communication and things like that,” said veteran safety Steve Gregory "

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