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Defensive Backs Have Been Most Well Crafted Aspect of the Patriots Thus Far

The Patriots' defensive backs have been a model of consistency thus far in 2014.

Mike Ehrmann

For this week's GMC Playbook question, Marshall Faulk poses the question: what has been the most well crafted aspect of your team thus far?

The Patriots have had a lot of areas where they haven't exactly been well-crafted. The offensive line, the receivers, the defensive line - all positions that have had a lot of different personnel shuffling and have lacked consistency.

But after several years of turmoil from 2008-2013, the defensive backfield has been arguably the most well-crafted aspect of this team thus far.

With Alfonzo Dennard missing the last two games and Brandon Browner suspended through this week, the defensive backs have maintained a consistently high level of play. Sure, Darrelle Revis may have "struggled" last week, but the cornerback rotation of Revis, Logan Ryan, and Kyle Arrington has gotten the job done. Safety Devin McCourty has continued his ascension to the elite at his position, and the platoon of Patrick Chung, Duron Harmon, Tavon Wilson, and Nate Ebner has done all you could ask for... Although perhaps all we've asked out for out of them is "don't screw up."

When Browner and Dennard do return, this unit, which has helped produce the #1 pass defense in the NFL thus far, should only improve.

The Patriots need to improve in just about every area if they're going to win a championship, but at least the defensive backs have played as advertised.

What are your thoughts - what has been the most "well-crafted" aspect of this team thus far?

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