The Patriots head into training camp in just a few weeks and there should be plenty of competition at a number of spots. As a lead-in to the beginning of camp, we’ll break down the positions and give our take on who is a lock, a near lock for the 53 man roster and who is on the bubble.

Bill Belichick likes to say that the spring is a learning exercise and that the competition begins in training camp. While that is true to an extent, with 88 players on board, 35 of these current members of the roster now, at a minimum will be cut.

We’ve already looked at the Patriots offense and you can check out the links below:

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Line

Quarterbacks

Next up is the Patriots defense and specifically the defensive ends. With the big losses in the Patriots secondary the defense is going to look much, much different than in 2014. Gone are cornerbacks Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner and Kyle Arrington. Also gone is long-time defensive lineman Vince Wilfork.

The pressure this season will be on the front seven to pressure the opposing quarterbacks and ease the onus on the secondary to cover for long periods of time. Much of the pressure will fall to the edge rushers to get after opposing QBs.

So who’s locked in and who’s on the bubble?