Julian Edelman's stock is rising after he showed his versatility in the Patriots' win over the Chiefs, and Logan Mankins picked up two more penalties.
Brandon Deaderick's impact on the D-line may also be an indictment of the little contribution the Patriots have gotten from Shaun Ellis.
The Jets' run defense has been stout up the middle, but it is struggling to stop plays to the outside.
If there's a game for the Patriots' pass rush to come alive, it's this Sunday against the Jets.
The Patriots have had no problem putting up points, but when the defense needed to make stops on Sunday because of Tom Brady's interceptions, they couldn't get the job done.
The Raiders and Chiefs struggled to put pressure on Ryan Fitzpatrick in the first two games. The Patriots' D-ends should be able to win one-on-one battles with Buffalo's tackles.
The Patriots struggled mightily defending teams on third down last season. Monday night will be the first chance to see if offseason moves have paid off to improve in getting the "D" off the field on third down.
In a surprising move, veteran DE Shaun Ellis signed a one-year contract with the Patriots on Sunday, pending a physical.
As the lockout lingers, it seems that DE Shaun Ellis could stay in New York, where he has spent his entire 11-year career.
The Jets appeared worn down at the end of the season, a problem that management will look to fix with an injection of youth on the defensive line.
To beat one player — QB Tom Brady — the Jets received big games from multiple defenders in their divisional-round upset of the Patriots.
Shaun Ellis has been sued by a Seahawks fan who claims that the Jets DE threw a "large chunk of ice" at him following a game in December 2008.
Here's a look at a key matchup heading into Minnesota's Week Five game against the Jets.
Jets starting DE Shaun Ellis suffered a broken left hand on the first play of the Jets' divisional playoff victory over the Chargers Sunday, but he will put off surgery until after the AFC championship game so that he can ...