Jul 30, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick listens to a question during a news conference before training camp at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
There is nothing that New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick does which is not without purpose. There are no wasted draft picks, unnecessary trades, or moves without a message. Belichick is known for his attention to detail and focus on situations and special teams. As he churns the bottom of the roster in early August, Belichick gives as much attention to the special teams players trying to survive the first cut downs to the players at the top of the roster.
As Belichick makes moves at the end of the roster, they are not random. Every player he picks up is intended to be a potential contributor in 2015. The moves also serve a dual role to motivate the existing players at the position and send the message that everyone’s job is in jeopardy. Investigating the moves made by Belichick at the backend of the roster shows where he thinks the team needs improvement heading into the first preseason game.
Based on those moves, here are four positions that are under the coach’s microscope: