5 Patriots with the most to prove during the 2024 season

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Heading into a new season, every NFL roster is far from a done deal, no matter how tenured a player might be. No player is ever considered safe and many need to do all they can to prove why they should keep their roster spot for the season ahead.

The Patriots are in that position times a hundred this year as they go through significant changes from top to bottom. Plenty of holes on the team need to be filled, and players whose jobs are not safe after how poorly they performed a year ago.

At least five players will need to prove they're first worthy of making the 2024 roster, and when/if they do, some will need to show they deserve a new contract or to keep their spot moving forward.

5 Patriots with the most to prove in during the 2024 season

Joshua Uche

The 2022 season was one for the books for Joshua Uche, whose third season was kicked into high gear and made him the perfect partner for Matthew Judon in the pass rush game.

After recording just four sacks, 21 combined tackles, five for a loss, and 11 quarterback hits in his first two years, he put together an impressive season that blew the first years out of the water. Uche recorded 27 combined tackles, nine for a loss, 14 quarterback hits, two forced fumbles, and 11.5 sacks.

He looked like an entirely different player and finally looked like the guy Bill Belichick hoped he would be.

There was an expectation that Uche would build upon his standout year in 2023, but he reverted to his forgettable first years in New England, which led Belichick to nearly trade him right before the deadline.

Because of that, he looked like he'd be on the way out in free agency this offseason, but with Jerod Mayo in control and Belichick out, he was seemingly given a prove-it, one-year contract for the 2024 season and will need to demonstrate he can be the productive player we saw two years ago.