The Patriots placed CB Ras-I Dowling on injured reserve for the second year in a row.
Kyle Arrington continues to surprise observers, and he will be a starting cornerback for a third consecutive season for the Patriots.
Patriots 2011 second-round CB Ras-I Dowling is finally healthy, which should bolster the secondary and move Kyle Arrington inside.
After starting six different players at safety last season, the Patriots looked to solidify the position in free agency by signing Steve Gregory.
After missing most or all of their rookie seasons, several high-profile second-year pros could make major contributions in Year Two.
The Patriots activated RB Kevin Faulk and DE Brandon Deaderick from the physically-unable-to-perform list to the 53-man roster and placed rookie CB Ras-I Dowling on injured reserve.
The early struggles of CB Devin McCourty are one reason for the Patriots' inability to stop the pass.
Patriots rookie RB Stevan Ridley saw his first NFL action with two carries in Week Two.
The Patriots' top two picks from April's draft started in the team's season opener.
A pair of rookies have their stock rising after the Patriots' Week One win over the Dolphins.
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.
The Patriots signed second-round picks CB Ras-I Dowling and RB Shane Vereen on Tuesday.
There aren't many young players on the team, but the Patriots do have a few who would have benefited from a normal offseason.
The Patriots believe that second-round CB Ras-I Dowling, a physical corner with good ball skills, could help the pass defense improve on third down.
One year after drafting a class that contributed right away, Bill Belichick went with purely developmental prospects in 2011.