***** Seems to me that the key to making the Patriots team at those over loaded positions of LB and DB this year is going to be "football intelligence". There's a hell of a lot of physical talent among the platoon of players fighting for jobs at those positions. It's their head work that's likely to determine who stays, and who goes.
***** This team's success is rooted in it's ability to be in the right place at the right time. The defensive schemes designed by Belichick are all based upon the ability of the players to recognize situations, and make the proper adjustments to be effective in those situations. He depends upon a lot of mix-and-match throughout the game to counter opponents stregnths and keep everybody fresh. So the players most able to read and react quickly, and adapt to a variety of assignments, are the ones most likely to be here in September.