The New England Patriots have a few positions that need some serious attention for the short and long-term future. Which three positions stick out as being the most urgent? It's never too late to start thinking about the future. The Patriots are 0-1 on the season and could be staring down the barrel of an 0-2 start.
They play the Miami Dolphins on Sunday Night Football, and the Dolphins looked insanely good in Week 1. To be fair, the Patriots did give the Eagles a run for their money, and Mac Jones did play well, but at the end of the day, a loss is a loss. The Pats are facing a near must-win game in Week 2. They have one of the toughest schedules in the NFL in 2023, so each game will have its challenges.
Well, they also have a few positions they should keep an eye on in the short and long-term future. Which positions are the most urgent to fix?
3 most urgent positions for the New England Patriots to fix in the future
The tackle situation is interesting. Trent Brown and Riley Reiff were slated to be the starting tackles for the 2023 NFL season, but Reiff is on injured reserve and Trent Brown is a free agent at the end of the year. Brown has also been a pretty up-and-down player during his career
Brown is also 30 years old and probably not someone the Patriots are going to rely on for the long-term. Honestly, they should have tried to sign one of Kaleb McGary, Jawaan Taylor, or Mike McGlinchey in free agency this year. Any one of those three could have provided some stable right tackle play at the very least.
Now, the Pats have a ton of questions in the future at tackle. I don't expect either Brown or Reiff to be back in 2024. The Patriots are probably looking toward the 2024 NFL Draft for some tackle help. The interior offensive line appears to be solid, that is, if the Patriots end up re-signing Mike Onwenu.