Missing Pieces the New England Patriots Could Still Get

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Missing Pieces the New England Patriots Could Still Get
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Between free agency and the 2012 NFL draft, the New England Patriots put together one of the strongest offseasons in recent memory. In fact, updated ESPN power rankings notch New England as the NFL's second-best squad. Yet, there's always room for improvement with last-minute signings.

Coach Belichick and the front office experienced many gains and very few losses via free agency.

By retaining assets, the Pats managed to build upon an already strong roster. New England held onto key contributors like Wes Welker, Deion Branch, Dan Koppen, Dan Connolly and Matthew Slater for another year in Foxboro.

With the offseason's whirlwind already in the books, it's now time to watch the competition unfold in OTAs, training camp and preseason games. However, there's always some late additions that suffice as the cherry on top.

Here are the missing pieces that New England could still sign in 2012.

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