Breaking down the Patriots' CB spot

June, 7, 2014
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With ESPN.com senior NFL columnist Jeffri Chadiha writing on cornerback Darrelle Revis, and how everything is lined up for him to have a big year in New England, let's follow up with a snapshot look at the Patriots' cornerback corps.

Revis
If everyone stays healthy, this has the potential to be as deep of a cornerback group as Bill Belichick has had in his 15 years as coach.

The projected depth chart:

LCB: Darrelle Revis
RCB: Brandon Browner
Slot: Kyle Arrington

Top reserves: Alfonzo Dennard, Logan Ryan, Justin Green, Travis Hawkins, Daxton Swanson, Malcolm Butler

A few thoughts on the position:

1. This is a sturdier look for the Patriots with Revis (5-11, 198) and Browner (6-4, 221). The Patriots have rarely, if ever, been this big at the position under Belichick and we should see plenty of press coverage out of this duo.

2. Dennard has started 16 games in his first two NFL seasons, and Ryan had seven starts in his rookie season, so there is experienced depth if the projected depth chart becomes a reality.

3. With Browner suspended for the first four games of the season, either Dennard (5-10, 200) or Ryan (5-11, 195) would be the most likely starters.

4. The feeling from here is that when Arrington has focused solely on the slot, and not been asked to help outside, he's been most effective.

5. Green, a 2013 undrafted free agent from Illinois, spent most of last year on the practice squad. When he was promoted for his first game, a big one against the Broncos on Nov. 18, he competed well. So there's some potential upside there.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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