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The Opposition's Depth Chart: New England Patriots

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After a difficult loss to the Baltimore Ravens, the Dolphins’ playoff hopes hang in the balance. This makes it all-the-more important to check out the opposition’s depth chart.

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In Week 1, we broke down the New England Patriot's depth chart.  Lets project the Patriots depth chart heading into the game against Miami this weekend.

Offense

One of the biggest changes to the running back position has been the addition of LeGarratte Blount.  In the 3 games he's played, Blount has run for 202 yards on 42 attempted rushes and 2 touchdowns.  Jonas Gray and Brandon Bolden are the backups, while Shane Vereen and James White take up the third-down back role.

At wide receiver, there was supposed to be plenty of competition for Brandon LaFell's position, but he has had an outstanding NFL season.  Aaron Dobson was also placed on injured reserve last Friday.

The offensive line and tight end position remains intact since the Dolphins last game against the Patriots in Week 1.

POSITION STARTER 2nd 3rd
WR Brandon LaFell Danny Amendola Matthew Slater
LT Nate Solder Marcus Cannon Jordan Devey
LG Dan Connolly Marcus Cannon Jordan Devey
C Bryan Stork Ryan Wendell
RG Ryan Wendell Josh Kline
RT Sebastian Vollmer Marcus Cannon Cameron Fleming
TE Rob Gronkowski Michael Hoomanawanui Tim Wright
WR Julian Edelman Brian Tyms
QB Tom Brady Jimmy Garoppolo
RB LeGarrette Blount Jonas Gray Brandon Bolden
RB Shane Vereen James White
FB James Develin

Defense

In the trenches, Sealver Siliga has been activated back on to the 53-man roster having been placed on injured reserve.  It will be interesting to see how he figures on the depth chart on Sunday as Chris Jones and Dominique Easley have played well since his absence.  Easley primarily lines up as the interior pass rusher in third down situations.

At corner, Malcolm Butler is the only player at the position that hasn't started a game, but has received his fair share of snaps as an undrafted rookie.  At safety, Harmon is the backup deep safety and will come on to the field when McCourty plays in the box or when the Patriots play Cover 2.

POSITION STARTER 2nd 3rd
LDE Rob Ninkovich Zach Moore
LDT Vince Wilfork Sealver Siliga
RDT Chris Jones Dominique Easley
RDE Chandler Jones Alan Branch
WLB Jamie Collins Chris White Jonathan Casillas
MLB Malcolm Butler Akeem Ayers
SLB Dont'a Hightower Jonathan Casillas Darius Fleming
CB Darrelle Revis Malcolm Butler Brandon Browner
SS Patrick Chung Tavon Wilson Nate Ebner
FS Devin McCourty Duron Harmon
CB Alfonzo Dennard Logan Ryan Kyle Arrington

Special Teams

Long snapper Danny Aitken was released by the Patriots in August, but was re-signed by the team less than a week later.  Amendola keeps his position as the primary kick and punt returner.

POSITION STARTER 2nd
PK Stephen Gostkowski
P Ryan Allen
H Ryan Allen
PR Julian Edelman P Jeremy Gallon
KR Matthew Slater
LS Danny Aiken

Alex Parish is an Associate Editor at The Phinsider. Be sure to follow me on Twitter @AlexParish89.