In AFC East, experience down at the corners

When the New England Patriots put veteran Leigh Bodden on season-erasing injured reserve Tuesday, they were forced to deal with likelihood they'll have the NFL's least experienced cornerback tandem in 2010.

Second-year pro Darius Butler and rookie Devin McCourty are the probable starters, a combined five NFL starts between them in a division that includes Brandon Marshall, Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards.

ESPN researcher Keith Hawkins poked around, checked the latest projected depth charts from Ourlads Scouting Services and found the Patriots would have the league's greenest cornerbacks by far.

But the Miami Dolphins have the third-youngest duo. And until Darrelle Revis ends his holdout, the New York Jets will have the fifth youngest.

Here are the youngest cornerback combos projected for opening day with combined seasons, games and starts:

The other three cornerbacks on the Patriots' roster don't offer much experience either. Jonathan Wilhite has made 12 starts over his three NFL seasons. Terrence Wheatley has one start in two seasons. Kyle Arrington has zero starts in one season.