Dec 29, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick looks on during the second quarter against the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Free Agency: New England Patriots Receive High Grades


Jan 12, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver Brandon LaFell (11) runs after making a catch during the third quarter against the San Francisco 49ers during the 2013 NFC divisional playoff football game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Over The Cap’ recently released their free agency grades, and the Pats received a solid ‘B’.

When you evaluate the Patriots you are evaluating a win now team that is doing everything they can to beat one opponent in the playoffs. While things always change in the NFL, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are the two constants. The AFC is so down that it is hard to imagine those two teams not meeting in the playoffs.  Last year Manning ripped the Patriots defense to shreds so the team went out and drastically upgraded their coverage talent. While it would have been nice to see them add a better receiver, the way the team plays I am not sure that there would be value in adding that type of player. For what they run, the combination of Edelman and LaFell is a better use of resources than a DeSean Jackson or Eric Decker.

I agree with this assessment, and the grade. The only way I think New England could have earned a higher mark, was if they did more to help out the receiving corps. Signing Julian Edelman and Brandon LaFell is great, but having someone that can take over a game on the outside would really help Tom Brady’s group.

But overall, this offseason has gone just about as perfect Bill Belichick and company could have hoped for.

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