Jermaine Cunningham's strong season has been put on hold as the Patriots turn to the "next man up" to replace the suspended defensive end.
After a lockout-shortened 2011 offseason, third-year players get an extra chance to make a leap in development this summer.
To successfully take over a starting OLB job, Baltimore's Paul Kruger must do a better job of stopping the run, according to AFC Whispers.
The Patriots have brought back DE Eric Moore and placed second-year DE-OLB Jermaine Cunningham on injured reserve.
Patriots DE Jermaine Cunningham has rarely seen time on defense, but Bill Belichick believes he will start contributing soon, and the pass rush could use his help.
The Patriots ruled five players out for the Monday night opener against the Dolphins, including ORT Sebastian Vollmer.
Heading into 2011, with such a high-octane offense, an improved third-down defense could greatly increase the Patriots' chances at getting back to the Super Bowl.
In addition to Jermaine Cunningham, who will be counted on to step up in his second season, DE-OLB Eric Moore could be one of the reasons the Patriots can feel comfortable standing pat during free agency.
It was pretty much a consensus that a pass-rushing defensive end or outside linebacker would be high on the Patriots' priority list heading into the draft, but clearly, Bill Belichick didn't view it that way.
This is the seventh in a series of position-by-position looks at the Patriots' personnel entering the 2011 offseason. Today, we analyze New England's LB situation.
PFW associate editor Kevin Fishbain thinks the Patriots will have a much bigger test than they would like from the Bills but will still leave Buffalo with home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
The Patriots ruled six players, including four starters, out for their Week 16 game against the Bills.
Rookie TE Aaron Hernandez caught two touchdown passes while CB Devin McCourty recorded his first career sack in the Patriots' win over the Packers.
This Sunday's game against the Bears would be a perfect opportunity for the Patriots to get a solid pass rush together and add another dynamic to their 10-2 club.
Three Patriots rookies made big impacts on defense in their 45-3 win over the Jets, with two hauling in interceptions.