a nucleus or core group especially of trained personnel able to assume control and to train others

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Cadre

Cadre

\ ˈka-ˌdrā \ – noun

a nucleus or core group especially of trained personnel able to assume control and to train others; broadly : a group of people having some unifying relationshipmerriam-webster.com
architecture, armature, frame, configuration, edifice, fabric, framework, framing, infrastructure, shell, skeleton, structureSynonyms
Quarterback Joe Flacco has relied primarily on Wallace (43 catches for 648 yards and three touchdowns), Maclin (40 catches for 440 yards and three touchdowns) and a cadre of tight ends and backs.Jeff Zrebiec, baltimoresun.com, "With Maclin ailing, Ravens badly need young receivers to grow up fast and make impact," 22 Dec. 2017