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One thing I’ve hit on a bunch this offseason was upgrading Love for a better get-upfield tackle, and now the Pats don’t have a choice to make a change at the spot. Of all the spots on the defense I think getting improved production against the pass from that tackle spot next to Wilfork is the fastest way to improve the defense overall.
Bill Belichick Coach of The Decade (by patriotsfootballplc)
Patriots defensive DVOA against different types of receivers. TEs and slot receivers killed them, with running backs just behind them.
Patriots DVOA rankings over the past 12 seasons.
The offensive side of the board certainly looks pretty green, eh? That will be put to the test this season.
And check out the Patriots run defense this past season after two down seasons. It’s strange because everyone remembers Ray Rice’s first play touchdown run in the 2009 AFC Wild Card. But they were significantly worse in 2010 and 2011, primarily because of runs against their sub-defense.
New England Patriots Rob Gronkowski’s forearm is the key story to monitor. If antibiotics successfully eradicate his infection, he could be ready for training camp. If another surgery is required, his status could be in jeopardy for the season opener. … The primary position battle is at wide receiver, where second-rounder Aaron Dobson and fourth-rounder Josh Boyce attempt to make headway against an underwhelming group of veterans such as Donald Jones, Michael Jenkins and Lavelle Hawkins. … Keep an eye on Shane Vereen’s increased role in the backfield.
Kyle Arrington Looks Ahead (by ESPN)
“The icing on the cake was he’s going to come over and babysit a few times,” Arrington, who will now wear 25, said with a laugh.