New England Patriots 4 Downs: Pre-draft/free agency needs

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The New England Patriots’ offseason began rather early in disappointing fashion. Here are key areas they can improve on through the draft and free agency.

For only the third time in the Bill Belichick era, the New England Patriots were bounced out of the playoffs in the first round (twice in the Wild Card round and once in the Divisional round now).

Expectations were high that this team would eventually bring home the franchise’s seventh Super Bowl title in 2019. Instead, they were sent home early and the long offseason began.

There are a lot of question marks on both offense and defense that Belichick — along with the other coaches — can use free agency as well as the upcoming draft to strengthen these areas.

The offense of the Patriots was arguably the biggest weakness and the biggest reason why they were bounced out of the playoffs earlier than expected. The front office of the team has their work cut out for them in trying to build this offense into a championship-caliber offense like the Kansas City Chiefs.

The defense, on the other hand, had a historic season. Despite struggling at times, they still carried the team when the rest of the Pats needed it the most.

Here are the 4 key areas that the New England Patriots need to focus on to improve their team.

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