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New England Patriots Team Needs: Draft Wrap Up


Michael Perry
Off-season workouts have just begun for the New England Patriots and with the NFL Draft concluding just a few weeks ago, the 2016 NFL season is just around the corner.  | Photo Credit: BostonHerald.com

The Patriots still have ample time to polish their roster by releasing players to trim down to the 53-man limit by the beginning of the season. The Patriots have plenty of time to fill up their roster and create competition for each position. After the first few waves of free agency and the NFL Draft, the Patriots still have some question marks on their roster.

1.   Running Back

The Patriots have eight running backs signed to the roster as of today with LeGarrette Blount, Dion Lewis and Brandon Bolden being the top three. The Patriots could very well use this three headed running attack successfully but the Patriots still have not addressed this position despite signing former first round pick Donald Brown. The lack of talent at this position was severely exposed during the Patriots AFC Championship loss to Denver. Although the Patriots did not draft a running back, they did re-sign Blount. The Patriots should still address this position to find a feature running back if they want to be successful.

2.   Offensive Line

The Patriots used two draft picks on offensive lineman when they drafted Ted Karras and Joe Thuney. The Patriots may need as much depth as possible because the rotation of different offensive lineman throughout the season was a downfall for the Patriots in 2016.

The Patriots may also want to add more depth at defensive back as well as wide receiver, but it is not a glaring need for the team as the additions of Cyrus Jones at defensive back and Malcolm Mitchell, Chris Hogan and Devin Lucien at wide receiver have given the Patriots more depth.

Michael Perry is an AFCE writer for Pro Football Spot. Find him on Twitter @TheReal_MPerry.


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The Patriots have been linked to Arian Foster recently according to multiple reports. It will be interesting to see where Foster lands, if a team deems him healthy enough to garner a contract.

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4 hours ago, Rob Luke Jr. said:

Sign Hightower and Collins now so we can lock up our premier talent for years to come.

That would be a wise move by the Patriots front office. Both are key parts of the Patriots defense. 

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The front office is so smart at finding the right players. They come up with players, no one else has considered, or taken someone off the taxi squad of another team.

They find a way.

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25 minutes ago, Richard Kagan said:

The front office is so smart at finding the right players. They come up with players, no one else has considered, or taken someone off the taxi squad of another team.

They find a way.

So true, that is why the Patriots have been so good for so long. 

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Arian Foster/DJ Foster combo would be so sick to see. Not gonna become a patriots fan, but have to support my sun devils and since starting writing specifically for the texans last year ive become a huge fan of Foster. 

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I'm curious to see how the running back rotation pand out come regular season time. The Pats' M.O. over the last fifteen years has been to take washed up backs and turn them into productive players (Corey Dillon,BJGE, Blount, Lewis just to name a few) with the exception of Lawrence Maroney of course. They could have a diverse rotation with the personnel they already have.

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Ol' Billy B has this uncanny ability to squeeze something outta nothing. And that is the case at running back. No matter who it is, if he wants them to succeed, they will.

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I don't know if this is a popular opinion, but I feel like Dion Lewis could have a special season if he stays healthy all year. He looks like he could be the pass-catching RB that the Pats love to employ (Faulk, Vereen). Probably not a feature back. But I feel like he's a good option for pass-heavy situations and Blount is a good goal line back. Now they just need another guy to step up and be their main runner between the tackles. Knowing how it usually works,, they'll probably have some RB that no one's heard of take on that role and have at least one or two huge games lol.

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