New England Patriots: Breaking down offseason additions and losses

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BOSTON, MA – FEBRUARY 07: Quarterback Tom Brady of the New England Patriots holds the Vince Lombardi trophy during the Super Bowl victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl 51. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images) /

Now that the dust has settled after free agency and the draft, it is time to take a look at the comings and goings for the New England Patriots since their Superbowl victory.

There has been a lot of media and fan talk about how good the additions to the roster are, but how do they measure up compared to the players that have left Foxborough? Let’s take a look at the Patriots’ roster and go through the position groups and analyze whether or not they upgraded, downgraded, or stayed the same.


 Quarterback In:

  • None

Quarterback Out:

  • None

No change in the quarterbacks room and that can only be seen as a good thing. A 39-year old Tom Brady coming off a Superbowl MVP season with no visible signs of decline?  That can only be a positive. There was plenty of talk about trading Jimmy Garoppolo but he remains on the roster. If Adam Schefter is to be believed, he will more than likely be franchise tagged next year. Jacoby Brissett will hopefully see more reps in the preseason and continue his development.

Verdict: Upgrade….slightly