Gilmore, Harris, Ealy, Cooks, Gillislee debut as starters for Patriots

If he wasn’t instantly the starter across from Malcolm Butler, that would be a problem. Harris made it to the No. 1 spot after arriving after the end of the offseason program. While not designated as the middle linebacker, that’s undoubtedly his spot, with Dont'a Hightower and 2016 sixth-rounder Elandon Roberts the apparent starters on the outside.