5 New England Patriots Starters Who Will Struggle in 2014

5 Struggling Patriots

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The New England Patriots seem to be the most consistent franchise in the NFL. They continuously win over 10 games a year. Can there really be five different Pats starters who will struggle in 2014? Last season, they saw a lot of struggle. Injuries put seven different starters on IR. This made the entire season a struggle. These five players will see struggles in 2014.

5. Duron Harmon

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5. Duron Harmon

Duron Harmon
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The strong safety situation is so dire in New England that the team brought back Patrick Chung as insurance. Luckily, they have one of the best cornerback corps in the league. Duron Harmon is currently slated as the starter. He is not good enough to play against some of the elite offenses they are going up against.

4. Rob Ninkovich

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4. Rob Ninkovich

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The Patriots have always found a way to get the most out of less talented pass rushers. Tully Banta-Cain got double-digit sacks one season. Rob Ninkovich falls into that category. The former fifth-round draft pick almost found himself out of football before landing with NE. Now he is one of the premier pass rushers on the team. He won't see the same success in 2014.

3. Jamie Collins

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3. Jamie Collins

Jamie Collins
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The Patriots watched Brandon Spikes sign with division rival Buffalo. They did that largely because they spent their first pick of the 2013 draft on Jamie Collins. He did well in replacing Jerod Mayo, especially in the playoffs. Can he keep it up with the pressure of knowing it's his job to lose?

2. Stevan Ridley

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2. Stevan Ridley

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You could see it coming that Stevan Ridley would end up on this list. With his severe fumbling issue, he could lose his starting spot before the season even starts. Shane Vereen and Brandon Bolden are going to put massive pressure on Ridley's shoulders.

1. Vince Wilfork

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1. Vince Wilfork

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Vince Wilfork is a very big guy. The Achilles tendon injury is the hardest injury to return from. How will a man who weighs 325 pounds be able to come back from an injury that tore the tendon of what holds him up?


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