Coming in to the season, strong safety was one of the biggest question marks for the Patriots. After bringing in Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner to go along with Devin McCourty, Alfonzo Dennard, Logan Ryan, and Kyle Arrington, the Patriots looked impressive at every secondary spot except strong safety.
After two games, the picture has become clearer. In the opener against Miami, the Patriots used several different players at strong safety. Patrick Chung played 47 snaps, Tavon Wilson played 22 snaps, and Duron Harmon (the offseason favorite to win the job) played a mere four snaps. Nate Ebner also played one snap at strong safety*. Chung played the majority of early down snaps, getting relieved for third down duties and in certain defensive sub packages. The Patriots were clearly most comfortable with Chung, but his overall durability leads to some concerns about depth at the position. Continue reading Analyzing the Patriots Strong Safety Rotation »