The release of CB Shawn Springs has made the Patriots' depth chart at the position a little more clear. Leigh Bodden, who re-signed as a big-money free agent with the team in the offseason, likely returns to the RCB spot he manned almost all of last season. But who starts on the left side? The most likely candidates are Darius Butler, Jonathan Wilhite and first-round pick Devin McCourty. Also in the picture is former second-rounder Terrence Wheatley, though he has been a major disappointment to date, and Kyle Arrington, though his expertise lies mainly on special teams. Butler came on down the stretch as a rookie and would appear to have the inside track, though Wilhite has started on the outside before, with varying degrees of success. Last season was not Wilhite's finest hour. McCourty likely won't be thrust into the starting lineup, though he could settle nicely into the nickel job and should have a significant role as a rookie.
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