New England Patriots Super Bowl Champs

The Safety Battle

Duron Harmon makes a tackle on Jets Kellen Winslow. (Photo By Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Duron Harmon makes a tackle on Jets Kellen Winslow.
(Photo By Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

There’s a competition to pay attention to on the New England Patriots and it’s at the safety position. The Strong Safety position to be exact.

Second year player Duron Harmon, is currently the Patriots starting strong safety, he’s got the size to go with the rest of the Pats new secondary at 6’1, 205 pounds. The Pats like him a lot, they released struggling SS Steven Gregory and didn’t take a safety high in the draft. It’s Duron Harmon’s to lose.

Harmon has great instincts, it’s his best attribute. ┬áHe’s a good run stuffer and good in coverage. He missed only 4 tackles last season. He could get better in man coverage but he’s a good overall player, who could have a breakout season.

Harmon has had a good camp and has a tight grip on the job.

I was big on Harmon when he came out of college and I can’t wait to watch him play tonight.

Patrick Chung will try to make the team and add depth, if not challenge for the starting job. We all know Chung from the previous years he spent in New England before signing with the Eagles last season. Chung was never a favorite of the fans nor a very good player especially if asked to cover anyone. Chung gets beat regularly in the passing game and missed 13 tackles last season. He’s a heck of a hitter though, and a better SS than FS, but he’s an average player. He’s a good special teamer though and I could see him making the team for that role.

Chung has had an okay camp nothing big. He has a chance to make his case tonight though.

Kanorris Davis is a darkhorse and a excellent tackler. His best bet to make the team will be on special teams which is a real possibility but he will have the entire preseason to earn a spot as a back up to Harmon and Chung or at least make special teams. He’s been good but I think his place for now and the season is special teams.

Tavon Wilson is battling to make the team as well. He’s had a good camp, better than Chung. He will try to be the backup free safety to Devin McCourty and maybe a key contributor on special teams. It really all depends on the preseason for all the safeties outside of McCourty and Harmon.

Travis Hawkins is my pick to not only make the team but be on the depth chart at the start of the season. He will either be the 2nd or 3rd guy along with a veteran like Wilson, but the guy has been good in camp. He’s a guy that can play safety and corner. He’s made plays, big plays all throughout camp and he will be exciting to watch tonight and every game during the preseason.

Keep an eye on the safety battle, it will be interesting.





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