Another tough test for Patriots defense

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Another tough test for Patriots defense

Kevin Walsh looks ahead at what figures to be another tough test for the New England Patriots defense. Rookie standout Andrew Luck and the Colts will look to follow most other quarterbacks this season in exposing the Patriots defense for big plays and big yards.

The New England secondary has been shredded throughout 2012 but at least some of the blame should fall on the shoulders of an inconsistent pass rush. If the Pats could get more pressure on opposing quarterbacks, then the New England secondary wouldn't be forced into so many tough situations. The Patriots are 17th in the league with only 20 sacks.

But in the end, the secondary has to make more plays than it's been able to this season. The addition of Aqib Talib should help in that regard.

Morning Wrap: Looking at C's potential first-round foes

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Morning Wrap: Looking at C's potential first-round foes

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Jerod Mayo has some advice for Malcolm Butler - Get insurance!

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Jerod Mayo has some advice for Malcolm Butler - Get insurance!

Mike Giardi and Jerod Mayo talk about the potential of a Patriots reunion with Darrelle Revis. Mayo thinks if he is motivated, he can still play, but that's a big IF in Jerod's mind. Plus, is Revis a sure fire Hall of Famer?

Giardi and Mayo also discuss Cyrus Jones, who had a rough rookie year for the Patriots. Jerod thinks he could make a major leap in his second season and play a huge role.

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On Malcolm Butler, Mayo has one piece of advice - stop being so emotional! He talks about how Butler has no leverage as a restricted free-agent, and the Patriots are in the right. Mayo stresses to Butler that insurance can offset any fears for playing for what he believes his market value is.

 Giardi goes 1-on-1 with Saints reporter Nick Underhill about the latest rumors from the owner's meetings regarding Malcolm Butler, and how his acquisition could prevent Drew Brees from considering going to a title contender when his contract is up in 2018.