The NFL's grittiest defensive role players

They don't get the glory or even all that many snaps, but they're indispensable to building a winning team. Danny Kelly finally gives the role players their due.

The term "starter" doesn't mean what it used to in the modern NFL, particularly on the defensive side of the ball, where run-defending specialists and pass rush virtuosos rotate in and out depending on down and distance.

Some superstars may only play about 75 percent of a given team's defensive stats as coaches look to lighten...

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