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Bedard’s Breakdown: Coaches will need to find right front seven fit for experienced Anfernee Jennings

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Nobody accentuates a player's positives and minimizes their weaknesses like the coaching staff of the Patriots, specifically Bill Belichick. We all know this. It also happens to be the absolute truth.

At no place on the field do the Patriots do more than in the front seven, specifically the linebackers and edge players. The Patriots are masters at having a plan against an opponent's personnel packages and the tendencies that come out of that. Is it perfect all the time? Of course not. But the Patriots are right way more than other teams and it's part of the reason why they're so consistently good.

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Over recent years, the Patriots have taken players like Deatrich Wise, Kyle Van Noy, Andre Carter, Jabaal Sheard, Mark Anderson, Shea McClellin, Chris Long and John Simon, among others, and pieced together their strengths to give the Patriots their best defense in that particular year (yes, some of those defenses weren't all that good).

It appears to be in that vein the Patriots drafted Anfernee Jennings out of Alabama in the third round with the 87th overall pick. He certainly has his athletic limitations, but there's no question that he has the type of skill set that is conducive to what the Patriots like to do defensively. It will be up to the Patriots to fit the pieces once they get on the field.

A closer look a Jennings, that includes positives and negatives, video clips and analysis from Senior Bowl practices (5), Alabama vs. LSU (2) and the Senior Bowl Game (6), projection for his fit in the Patriots scheme and player comps.

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