Defensive starters for Patriots

August, 15, 2014
Aug 15
8:20
PM ET
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Defensive starters for the New England Patriots in tonight's preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles:

DL: Tommy Kelly
DL: Vince Wilfork
DL: Joe Vellano
OLB: Chandler Jones
OLB: Rob Ninkovich
ILB: Jamie Collins
ILB: Dont'a Hightower
CB: Malcolm Butler
CB: Darrelle Revis
S: Kyle Arrington
S: Devin McCourty

Of note is that Butler, the undrafted free agent from West Alabama, gets another start as the Patriots take a long look at how he responds against top competition. Butler was impressive in the preseason opener. Also, Arrington at safety is a new twist that showed itself in practice during the week and bears monitoring.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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