There are plenty of weaknesses on the roster, with some glaring holes that need to be filled.
On offense, running back and wide receiver are both areas where the Patriots will be looking to improve, especially with the impending departure of bruising running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis. On the other side of the ball, there are a few more positions that need to be upgraded.
Playing alongside Patrick Chung at safety, the Pats had a revolving door that included James Ihedigbo, Sergio Brown, Sterling Moore, Devin McCourty and even wide receiver Matthew Slater. To say that the position is in need of a serious makeover would be an understatement. It is probably New England's No. 1 priority this offseason.
Also on defense, the Patriots will be looking to bolster their depth at cornerback and find some permanent fixtures along the defensive line.
Mario Williams could be an option up front, but the Pats could save themselves a boatload of money and protect themselves from a possible Adalius Thomas-type bust situation by just re-signing the pass rushing duo of Andre Carter and Mark Anderson, both of whom are free agents.
The last area of free agency New England needs to worry about is actually at quarterback where restricted free agent Brian Hoyer remains an asset. We all saw what happened with the Indianapolis Colts this season, and I imagine the Pats will do what they need to do in order to retain Brady's top backup at least for one more season.
Let's take an in-depth look at the six areas the Patriots will be focused on during free agency, and even take a stab at some predictions along the way.