New England Patriots Feature Formidable 3-Man Pass-Rush Rotation

May 27, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

From 2012-2014, the New England Patriots depth chart at defensive end was characterized by its lack of depth. For three years, Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich bore the brunt of the snap count because the Patriots simply didn't have enough options behind them.
That all changed in 2015 with the addition of veteran Jabaal Sheard to the lineup.
Even now with the Patriots trading Jones to the Arizona Cardinals and signing former St. Louis Rams stalwart Chris Long, the Patriots still appear to have a strong trio of pass-rushers to keep everyone fresh and provide consistent pressure on the quarterback.
The group is not much different than before. Instead of a Jones-Ninkovich-Sheard trio, it will now be Ninkovich-Sheard-Long. On the surface, it might look like a downgrade. Underneath, it's truly not much different than before. 
According to Pro Football Focus, Sheard was the NFL's most productive pass-rushing defensive end in 2015 on a per-snap basis. He rushed t...

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