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Patriots defense stepping up with big plays

FOXBOROUGH — Despite the additions of impact rookies such as Chandler Jones, Dont’a Hightower, and Tavon Wilson, the Patriots are probably not going to have an overpowering defense.

Oh, as the season goes along, the younger players will become more comfortable and improve. And just like every season, the Patriots will expand the package of blitzes and coverages, so they’ll be able to spin the defensive schematic dial in the postseason.

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