Safety First: Patriots Secondary Ranks Among NFL’s Best

It may not have appeared so when they surrendered 308 yards and five touchdown passes to Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills in the embarrassing 40-point loss in the AFC Wild Card loss last January, but the New England Patriots possess a talented, highly regarded secondary .

Just ask Pro Football Focusthe analytics company that this week revealed its annual ranking of NFL safeties. PFF splits safeties into tiers – Coverage, Strong and Slot – and the Patriots placed a player high in each category.

Kyle Dugger

Patriots S Adrian Phillips

Adrian Phillips

Patriots safety Devin McCourty

Devin McCourty

Devin McCourty ranks 10th in coverage safeties, Adrian Phillips fourth among strong safeties and Kyle Dugger as the sixth-best in the slot.


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