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Why 3 Is The Most Important Number In Football

Many teams have two good wide receivers or corners but it’s that third depth player that has been the difference maker in squads’ playoff runs.

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Jamie Collins

New England Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

New England: LB Jamie Collins

A pass-rusher, cover linebacker, and run-stopper, the versatile Collins single-handedly helped the Patriots defense remain competitive after the loss of Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo. He kicked it up a notch in the playoffs, recording a sack, two quarterback hits, and a hurry — in addition to solid coverage — against the Colts. He proves depth is a necessity.

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