After an anxious, cautious first week of free agency, boston.com's Shalise Manze Young reports this morning that the New England Patriots may have found just what they're looking for. Though the Patriots signed free agent safety Steve Gregory this week, according to the Boston Herald's Ian Rapaport, the Patriots reportedly still look to shore up their secondary and enhance Tom Brady's cockpit on offense.
St. Louis receiver Brandon Lloyd nearly eclipsed 1,000 yards last season despite playing in two separate offenses. In 2010, Lloyd was the league's leading receiver, with 77 catches for 1,448 yards and 11 touchdowns. It was his first Pro Bowl season after seven seasons of toiling through injury and mediocrity with three different clubs.
When guys like this stick around through benchings and injuries costing entire seasons, often it's because their talent smacks you in the face. Lloyd would provide Brady with the most threatening vertical weapon since Randy Moss.
With such an ideal complement to Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, the Patriots offense could potentially develop a more potent passing attack than at any point in the past decade.
The Washington Redskins' LaRon Landry could lock up the strong safety position for 10 years at Foxboro. Landry ranks among the NFL's best against the run, according to Pro Football Focus, and the former sixth overall pick out of LSU comes at a bargain price after two seasons shortened by injury.
His six career forced fumbles demonstrate the ferocity of Landry's tackling style. Though Landry could be an elite talent at a cheap price, his Achilles tendon concerns me. He developed micro-tears, usually associated with symptoms like tendinitis, with which fans may be familiar.
What should the Pats focus on this offseason?
That tendon must not be receiving adequate blood flow and evidently isn't healing over the long-term, given that he received a PRP injection, according to the Washington Times. Unfortunately by coincidence, I have personal experience with PRP, and though it's effective, it indicates a non-healing injury. The Patriots should remain wary of Landry's health when negotiating his contract.
According to the Boston Herald report, the Patriots also will host Indianapolis Colts and former Ohio State wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez this weekend.