The Patriots have likely started getting to the business of trying to hammer out contracts and contract extensions and will be prepping to address their team needs in the draft and free agency. The question is: What is the team’s most pressing needs?
Here is my opinion. Cast your vote in the poll to the left and feel free to comment.
1. Linebacker – Whether it’s inside or outside, the Patriots really only have Jerod Mayo as a legitimate starter. Obviously, a passing rushing outside linebacker would be tops.
2. Running back* – Maroney hasn’t proved that he can handle the load, BJGE is a role player, and the rest are nearing the end of the careers. The Pats need a top flight RB to take the pressure off of Brady and eat clock to wrap up a game.
3. Wide Receiver – Wes Welker will likely miss the beginning if not half of the season, which leaves only Randy Moss as a proven receiver. Even with Welker, the Pats were too predictable and had no reliable third target. To break the offensive stagnancy, a good third option is necessary.
Depth at other positions is also necessary. The only positions that are set are quarterback and safety.
* If the Patriots lose Leigh Bodden to free agency, I would put corner back into my top 3. I anticipate Darius Butler to earn a starting job, and Bodden would lock down the other spot – provided he remains.
What do you think?