Patriots Defensive Line Preview: Carter’s Decision Will Determine Strength Of D-Line

July 16, 2012 12:00 AM
Patriots Defensive Line Preview: Carter’s Decision Will Determine Strength Of D-Line
" With Patriots training camp set to open on July 26, CBSBostonSports will break down the outlook for every position on the roster. Today’s breakdown is on the defensive line.

Position: Defensive Line Major Players: Jake Bequette, Ron Brace, Brandon Deaderick, Jonathan Fanene, Chandler Jones, Trevor Scott, Kyle love, Gerard Warren, Myron Pryor On The Bubble: Justin Francis, Alex Silvestro, Marcus Forston, Aaron Lavarias, Marcus Harrison, Jermaine Cunningham

Outlook

Last season, the Patriots surrendered 411.1 yards per game and 6,577 yards on the season. They allowed 8.0 yards per passing attempt and 294 passing yards per game. They recorded 40 sacks, though their pressure on opposing quarterbacks would disappear for long stretches of time. They allowed opponents to convert 43.1 percent of third-down conversions, bad enough for 25th in the league.

While some point to Wes Welker’s drop as the biggest reason the Patriots lost the Super Bowl, the fact is they were fortunate to be in a position to win, given how many holes their defense had. It was the defense that allowed 396 yards that night, including the nine-play, 88-yard drive that led to the Giants’ victory. Remember, the Giants scored a touchdown even when they weren’t trying to score a touchdown "

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