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Team needs: New England Patriots

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There was a point near the middle of last season when the conventional wisdom around the NFL was that the Patriots’ defense would stop them from making too much of their season. That didn’t look much like wisdom when the Pats won another AFC title, the fifth of the Bill Belichick era, and came within four points of winning the Super Bowl. The defense does need help, though, and it figures to get it after a free agency period devoted to the offense.

Pass Rusher: The Patriots have juggled their fronts a lot over the last few years so it is hard/meaningless to pin their need for pass rushing help specifically on a defensive end or a linebacker. With Mark Anderson gone and Andre Carter’s future with the team uncertain, they need the assistance regardless of the form that it takes. With four of the first 62 picks, the Patriots are well suited to pick up a couple of prospects to plug into their front seven. Names like USC’s Nick Perry, Syracuse’s Chandler Jones, Boise State’s Shea McClellin and Clemson’s Andre Branch are ones that could interest New England.

Cornerback: Adding help in the pass rush would also make life easier for a secondary that was exploited fairly often last season. Things got so bad that they turned to wide receiver Julian Edelman toward the end of the season. That didn’t work out well so the Patriots need to address the position once again and they will need to address it more than once if they plan on keeping Devin McCourty at safety. Will they gamble on the talented but troubled Janoris Jenkins?

Safety: If McCourty stays here, the need is lessened a bit. If he goes back to playing corner, however, this takes on a bit more importance. The Patriots have enough ammunition to move up and get Alabama’s Mark Barron if they are so inclined, but they could also probably grab Harrison Smith of Notre Dame without giving up any of their picks.

Defensive Line: Vince Wilfork is still a force in the middle, but he’s getting older and the team doesn’t have too many other dynamic playmakers up front. Grabbing a player who could provide strong work in all phases at tackle or end, depending on the front the Pats are using at the time, wouldn’t be a bad idea at all. Connecticut’s Kendall Reyes, LSU’s Michael Brockers and Michigan State’s Jerel Worthy could all make New England more athletic and versatile at the point of attack.

There are spots where the Pats could use help on offense, but a defensive upgrade would make this team a lot more likely to finish the job in New Orleans next season. In recent years, they have sometimes prioritized loading up on picks over grabbing high-end players. They could do that again, but juicing up the defensive talent is a must in New England.

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  1. nyyjetsknicks says: Apr 23, 2012 3:27 PM

    A return of cameras…

  2. hammerjacker says: Apr 23, 2012 3:30 PM

    “With Mark Anderson and Andre Carter’s future with New England uncertain..”

    Id say considering Mark signed with BUF like a month ago, there’s not much uncertainty. Good Job PFT.

  3. stv1719 says: Apr 23, 2012 3:31 PM

    dont forget qb brady is 35+ now and mallett will need competition

  4. whatnojets says: Apr 23, 2012 3:32 PM

    What, no quaterback needs??? Who do they have, superman, or what?!?!

  5. jtchernak says: Apr 23, 2012 3:33 PM

    I’m really hoping that they draft mcllelin and janoris Jenkins but I trust in sharer we coach bellicheck has in his mind

  6. hammerjacker says: Apr 23, 2012 3:36 PM

    nyyjetsknicks says:
    Apr 23, 2012 3:27 PM
    A return of cameras…

    —————————————————-

    Your originality is off the charts.

  7. cantonbound13 says: Apr 23, 2012 3:38 PM

    Team need: better disguised video cameraman.

  8. hammerjacker says: Apr 23, 2012 3:40 PM

    Ha, good job editing something ten minutes later that any sports media outlet worth anything would not have messed up in the first place. I can’t believe how much this site sucks.

  9. kelvinmchale says: Apr 23, 2012 3:41 PM

    There has never been a run of sustained success by one coach and one QB like this in NFL history. I’m a spoiled Pats fan and I know it. This team came minutes away from being the greatest dynasty ever in the NFL. And they’re not done yet. This young defense will be improved and the offense is going to be downright scary. I see a couple more Super Bowl wins in the very near future for Bill and Tom.

  10. pftcensorssuck says: Apr 23, 2012 3:42 PM

    whatnojets says:Apr 23, 2012 3:32 PM

    What, no quaterback needs??? Who do they have, superman, or what?!?!
    ———————————————————-
    No, Sanchez is still with the Jets.

    Moron.

  11. patge93 says: Apr 23, 2012 3:47 PM

    i dont think adding a QB would make sense because we have two really good backup QBs in Hoyer and Mallett and Brady has still at least 2 or 3 years left

  12. 4thquartermagic says: Apr 23, 2012 3:47 PM

    Pats’ team needs: A muzzle for Jazelle

  13. tedmurph says: Apr 23, 2012 3:47 PM

    1. Trade 27th
    1A. KReyes
    2. SMcClellin/CJones
    2/3. Markell Martin
    2/3. Joe Adams

  14. duanethomas says: Apr 23, 2012 3:48 PM

    Mickey Loomis is going down! Easedropping on other coaches staff during games. Its over……and actionable.

  15. rexismybff says: Apr 23, 2012 3:51 PM

    They need to hire Mickey Loomis from New Orleans to improve their sideline wiretapping.

    Belichick is practically an amateur compared to this guy.

  16. fthrvic says: Apr 23, 2012 3:51 PM

    What could this team’s needs possibly be with all those 1st round picks???

  17. bcgreg says: Apr 23, 2012 3:53 PM

    @ hammerjacker

    It says, “With Mark Anderson GONE…”

    Nice bit of reading on your part.

  18. newmarketmaulers says: Apr 23, 2012 3:54 PM

    @ Hammerjacker:

    “With Mark Anderson gone”

    Almost…

  19. zimaman says: Apr 23, 2012 3:55 PM

    nyyjetsknicks says: I am an idiot
    Apr 23, 2012 3:27 PM

    ——————————————
    …why dont you think you of something original and clever instead of a stupid overused overstated reference

    they went 18-1 without the camera video you dope

    the Jets are lucky if the get 18 wins in 2 years

  20. stavreafavre says: Apr 23, 2012 3:56 PM

    NE’s locker room was going to “straighten out” people like Randy Moss and Brandon Merriweather. Maybe they’ve learned and won’t gamble on taming down Janoris Jenkins.

  21. pnut87 says: Apr 23, 2012 3:57 PM

    You forgot a QB that beat Eli Manning in the SuperBowl.

  22. bullcharger says: Apr 23, 2012 3:57 PM

    nyyjetsknicks says:
    Apr 23, 2012 3:27 PM
    A return of cameras…

    —————-

    Based on your username I assume you are a Jets and Knicks fan. Please tell me you at least cheer for the Yankees. If you are Mets fan too you might aswell quit watching sports all together.

  23. dimiandmac1 says: Apr 23, 2012 3:58 PM

    hammerjacker…learn how to read it says with Mark Anderson GONE and Andre Carter’s future uncertain

  24. hammerjacker says: Apr 23, 2012 3:59 PM

    @ hammerjacker

    It says, “With Mark Anderson GONE…”

    Nice bit of reading on your part.

    —————————————————-

    Do you really think 16 other people misread it? They changed it moron, nice bit of assuming on your and like 20 other people’s part.

  25. bullcharger says: Apr 23, 2012 4:00 PM

    stavreafavre says:
    Apr 23, 2012 3:56 PM
    NE’s locker room was going to “straighten out” people like Randy Moss and Brandon Merriweather. Maybe they’ve learned and won’t gamble on taming down Janoris Jenkins.

    ———-

    Moss broke the touchdown record with NE and Merriweather made two pro-bowls.

    After leaving NE they both stunk.

    I would say that NE straightened them out just fine and cut them at the right time.

  26. xxsweepthelegxx says: Apr 23, 2012 4:02 PM

    hammerjacker…c’mon. go re-read it if need be. “With Mark Anderson gone and Andre Carter’s future with the team uncertain.” Focus on the WITH MARK ANDERSON GONE part.

    On a serious note, the Pats cannot afford to win with a patchwork defense much longer. Brady is not gonna be here forever, and the offense is not going to cover up the defensive holes much longer. They need to start building the def back up, stop trading picks Belichick!

  27. rc33 says: Apr 23, 2012 4:03 PM

    They added some potential pieces on D already; Fanene and Trevor Scott on the D.L. Steve Gregory and Will Allen in the secondary, but they certainly need more help from this draft.
    Important to note; that D was much improved after the return of Patrick Chung, Brandon Spikes and Dane Fletcher late last season and into the playoffs. Also, CB Ras-I Dowling was a very high draft pick that missed essentially the entire year. There are some pieces.

  28. spalding1234 says: Apr 23, 2012 4:06 PM

    I’m surprised Offensive Tackle isn’t on this list. Matt Light retired. Sure they got Nate Solder last year, but may be wise investing in another tackle. DE, OT, CB, DT in that order should be needs IMO.

  29. NakedCowboy! says: Apr 23, 2012 4:08 PM

    It was a miracle that they came so close to winning SB with that defense… only BB can do it…
    after watching them do it year after year… i would say they would be a SB contender no matter what moves they make this off season…

    BB gets the best out of his players… unless they are completely done… like ocho and fat albert…

  30. cooklynn17 says: Apr 23, 2012 4:13 PM

    For Elite Manning to retire.

    Tom Brady is Eli’s Bitch…

  31. buddybowl69 says: Apr 23, 2012 4:16 PM

    The Pats don’t need anything as long as the league gives them the easiest schedule possible.

    They should be sharing the toughest schedule along with the NJ Giants.

  32. smellslikekuka says: Apr 23, 2012 4:16 PM

    @Hammerjacker

    “I can’t believe how much this site sucks.”

    Yet you continue to post on the wall and fight with people about what it may or may not have said? Why read a website that sucks?

  33. jerrycola says: Apr 23, 2012 4:31 PM

    The Patriots will always have an easier path to the playoffs when you have 6 cream puff games every year against the Jets, Bills and Dolphins and as is the case this year, the easiest schedule in the NFL. Once they reach the playoffs, that defense gets exposed and they don’t look so formidable against the upper echelon, unless they get a cream puff playoff game like last year against the Tebow Broncos.

  34. bobhk says: Apr 23, 2012 4:32 PM

    Conventional wisdom also says that the Pats making it to the superbowl was because they were the beneficiaries of a weak AFC playoff field.

    In NFC they’d not have made it past the divisional rounds.

  35. tonyromoisterrible says: Apr 23, 2012 4:43 PM

    A new head coach. Preferably one that doesn’t cheat and can win big games without cheating.

  36. sillychrizzy says: Apr 23, 2012 4:47 PM

    ehh who cares they’re still cheeks

  37. raiderapologist says: Apr 23, 2012 5:43 PM

    hammerjacker says: Apr 23, 2012 3:40 PM

    Ha, good job editing something ten minutes later that any sports media outlet worth anything would not have messed up in the first place. I can’t believe how much this site sucks.

    You are an internet hero, sir. Knowing this site sucks and continuing to visit it to spread your truth requires courage. Keep up the good work.

  38. CKL says: Apr 23, 2012 5:50 PM

    Most of us Pats fans believe that the Pats will/should draft all defense.
    Therefore, I expect a TE in the first round, a WR in the second etc.

  39. gazzzmann says: Apr 23, 2012 5:56 PM

    As long as the jets have Sanchez the Pats will own the AFC EAST

  40. mungman69 says: Apr 23, 2012 7:55 PM

    It’s nice to know that so many of these posts are relevant to the article.

  41. hypnocoach183 says: Apr 24, 2012 12:05 AM

    Curious about this assertion from this article:
    “The defense does need help, though, and it figures to get it after a free agency period devoted to the offense.”

    Devoted to the offense? Let’s check out that math.
    Added on offense – Tony Fiammetta,Spencer Larsen,Anthony Gonzalez,Brandon Lloyd,Donte’ Stallworth,Daniel Fells, and Robert Gallery. For a total of seven.

    Added on defense – Jonathan Fanene,Trevor Scott,Bobby Carpenter,Mike Rivera,Will D. Allen,Marquice Cole,and Steve Gregory. For a total of 7.

    That a 50/50 split between the offensive and defensive free agents added where I’m from. Simple math here guys,not rocket science!

  42. tommhollland says: Apr 24, 2012 10:43 PM

    @hammerjack you are stupid. it says

    ” With Mark Anderson GONE and Andre Carter’s future with the team uncertain, “

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