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Friday, August 22, 2014
Defensive starters for Patriots

By Mike Reiss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Defensive starters for the New England Patriots (3-4 alignment) in their preseason game against the Carolina Panthers:

OLB: Rob Ninkovich
DE: Tommy Kelly
NT: Vince Wilfork
DE: Joe Vellano
OLB: Chandler Jones
LB: Steve Beauharnais
LB: Jamie Collins
CB: Darrelle Revis
CB: Malcolm Butler
S: Patrick Chung
S: Devin McCourty

Of note: Jerod Mayo isn't starting for the Patriots, as Bill Belichick said in his pregame interview on 98.5 The Sports Hub that the team is managing an injury situation with him. Mayo is dressed for the game.

Also, Butler continues to get a long look against top competition and is competing well. The undrafted cornerback from West Alabama has been one of the surprise stories of training camp and the preseason.