Elandon Roberts likely starter for Patriots

New England Patriots rookie linebacker Elandon Roberts is expected to replace linebacker Jamie Collins in the starting lineup.

What It Means:

Roberts was the 214th pick in this year's draft. He's undersized at 6'0", 235 pounds, but those around the team have noted how ferocious he is as a downhill player. Roberts' play is thought to be one of the main reasons Collins was dealt to Cleveland. He'll now see a big uptick in snaps. Kyle Van Noy could also see some work, after being acquired from the Detroit Lions in a trade.

The Patriots' defense ranks 11th in schedule-adjusted Defensive Net Expected Points per play through Week 8.