We're breaking down the personnel and pecking order at each position as the Patriots prepare to open camp this week.
Devin McCourty, Duron Harmon, Tavon Wilson, Nate Ebner, Patrick Chung, Kanorris Davis
McCourty made huge strides in his first full season at safety. He’s got excellent range, communicates and makes plays on the ball. Harmon, who nudged his way into the lineup as a rookie, has very good upside and appears to have the inside track to the safety spot next to McCourty. That spot was held the past two seasons by Steve Gregory who tried really hard and made some plays but just wasn’t big or athletic enough to keep rolling out there. Tavon Wilson has yet to show anything that warranted spending a second-round pick on him. It’s his third year. Nate Ebner is a suitable special teamer but is depth in the regular defense. Patrick Chung is back after a season in Philly and the Eagles weren’t sad to see him go after he played as poorly there as he did in 2012 for the Pats. It’s been a precipitous drop for Chung who, in an injury-filled 2011, was actually a productive player. Kanorris Davis has no immediate role established. Big camp for Harmon to show he’s ready to be the starter.