New England Patriots: Four Biggest Remaining Needs

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Jan 10, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots center Bryan Stork (66) prepares to snap the ball against the Baltimore Ravens during the first half in the 2014 AFC Divisional playoff football game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

1. Interior Of The Offensive Line

You could make an argument that the interior of the other side of the ball is more important, but in my mind, I give the slight edge to the offense. Here’s my line of thinking: with Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner gone, and an elite offense returning virtually all of its starters (plus extra weapons), Tom Brady‘s offense is going to have to carry them this season. And if that is the case, I’d rather shore up the offense line and leave the defensive line a touch thin, than the other way around.

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Last year’s starting left guard Dan Connolly is currently a free agent, and if they don’t plan on re-signing him, they need to pick someone in the draft. I trust Bill Belichick, but I absolutely do not want to see Jordan Devey protecting Tom Brady in 2015. I’m not saying the Pats should go this way in the early rounds (I’m certainly not against it), but at some point in the draft, they need to shore up the interior.

Brady has a plethora of weapons to use next year, but if he isn’t protected, particularly up the middle, it won’t matter at all.

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