Belichick breaks down top CBs

PHOENIX -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked questions about the team's top three cornerbacks on the depth chart -- Aqib Talib, Alfonzo Dennard and Kyle Arrington -- during the AFC coaches breakfast at the NFL annual meeting.

The hope is that having all three returning in 2013, which provides continuity, will also produce the desired results.

On Talib and what he brought the team in 2012: "Obviously, he’s a talented player, a good teammate. I think he has a lot of things that we wanted to work with as a team. I thought in the opportunities he had last year, he worked hard and gave us his best. Hopefully he’ll be able to build on that year with the offseason program, training camp and full season. We’ll see how it goes."

On Dennard and the unknown of his legal situation: "It’s out of our control. He’s worked hard, been a good teammate, been productive for us last year. We’ll deal with them once that’s determined, April 11, or whenever it is."

On Arrington being groomed in the team's system since 2009: "Kyle has had a great development in our system. He’s been a good player for us on defense and in the kicking game. He’s had versatility, playing outside and inside on defense. He’s been very durable, tough, good teammate, works hard. Nobody works harder than Kyle. Glad to have him back."