While the focus with the offense was on wide receivers, the defense’s needs are similar. The Patriots need help at cornerback.
New England also needs improvements at safety. Devin McCourty established himself as a mainstay for the near and distant future, but Steve Gregory is still a question mark, and it might be time to infuse some fresh blood — ahem, Ed Reed.
There are lingering questions along the defensive line and even at the linebacker position, which should spark some conversation this offseason, too. So, with all that in mind and so many prime free agents set to test the market, let’s take a look at who Bill Belichick might be looking to ink this offseason.