The Patriots did their best to add without subtracting when it came to this year's free agency period. It's time to examine the Pats' 2012 incoming free agents.
Jonathan Fanene, Defensive End
Ex-Cincinnati Bengal Jonathan Fanene will add some girth to New England's defensive front. The 6'4", 285-pound Samoan can be utilized as a defensive end and a defensive tackle. Strong and powerful, Fanene bodes well in a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme.
Fanene may not be an every-down player—he combined for just 24 tackles last season—but he can harass the quarterback and finished 2011 with 6.5 sacks. He should fit in the rotation, even if he doesn't start.
Marcus Harrison, Defensive Tackle
Marcus Harrison will be in camp trying to grab a roster spot at defensive tackle. Harrison has started nine games and totaled three sacks since he was drafted in 2008. However, the 6'3", 310-pound d-lineman has only played in five contests over the last two years.
Trevor Scott, Defensive End/Outside Linebacker
Trevor Scott sacked the quarterback 12 times during his first two seasons with the Oakland Raiders. In his next two seasons, the 6'5", 250-pound pass rusher only recorded 1.5 sacks. A torn ACL in 2010 knocked Scott out of a starting job and he hasn't regained that title since.
Scott is fully healthy and ready to help out at outside linebacker or defensive end. Expect him to cycle in for his share of snaps. If Scott can keep edge rushers like Jermaine Cunningham at a distance, he will have a roster spot.
Bobby Carpenter, Outside Linebacker
A first-round pick in 2006 that hasn't lived up to the billing, Bobby Carpenter hopes his stay with the Patriots lasts longer than his time with the Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, Detriot Lions and St. Louis Rams.
Carpenter can play special teams and fill in at outside linebacker. He has a fair shot to make the final roster.
Will Allen, Cornerback
Will Allen emerged on the scene back in 2001 with the New York Giants. In 140 regular-season games, Allen has collected 528 tackles and intercepted 15 passes. Needless to say the Patriots signed a cornerback with tutelage.
At age 33, Allen is the oldest cornerback on New England's roster. He isn't the same player he once was, but still may have some tricks up his sleeve. Allen can dabble at safety and would be a nice nickel or dime back. Allen might miss out on the 53-man roster, although he has the tools to engineer a role with the Patriots.
Marquice Cole, Cornerback
Marquice Cole is a special teams defensive back who spent the last three years with the New York Jets. The 28-year-old corner has started one game in his pro career and will have to pass several obstacles to make the team as a backup.
Steve Gregory, Safety
Steve Gregory spent his first six NFL seasons with the San Diego Chargers where he became a full-time starter in 2010. The 29-year-old wrapped up 67 tackles last season to go with an interception and a touchdown. He figures to be a favorite for the starting job next to Patrick Chung in the secondary.
The Patriots currently list Gregory as the No. 1 strong safety on the unofficial depth chart, but there are plenty of defensive backs nipping at his heels.
Joseph Addai, Running Back
Joseph Addai left Lucas Oil Stadium for Gillette and will be a veteran leader in an inexperienced backfield. The 2006 first-round pick is decent blocker, pass catcher and rusher who gives the Patriots a plug-and-play talent.
At 29 years old, Addai is no longer in his prime. Not many running backs in their 30s can stay relevant in the NFL, but the former Indianapolis Colt could still be effective in the Patriots' ground committee. He rushed for over 400 yards in both 2010 and 2011—that is a fair estimate for 2012 as well.
If Addai has some extra miles in his wheels, he will make the roster.
Spencer Larsen, Fullback
Spencer Larsen can play both fullback and linebacker, which gives him a leg up on the other fullbacks trying to make the team. Larsen has 62 rushing yards, 127 receiving yards, a touchdown and 38 tackles on his NFL résumé.
Tony Fiammetta, Fullback
Tony Fiammetta has played with the Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys since being a fourth-round pick in the 2009 draft. He's produced 27 rushing yards and 73 receiving yards in the NFL. With two other fullbacks competing for a job that the Patriots hardly used in 2011, Fiammetta must stick out in training camp.
Jake Ballard, Tight End
The Patriots claimed New York Giants tight end Jake Ballard off of waivers in June. Ballard underwent ACL and microfracture surgery during the offseason and should miss the majority of 2012.
Since Ballard isn't healthy, the physically unable to perform list or injured reserve could be in his future. He caught 38 passes for 604 yards and four scores in 2011 and the Patriots found reason to snatch him up.
Daniel Fells, Tight End
Daniel Fells shapes up to be a third tight end for the Patriots. He's a blocker first, receiver second. The 6'4", 265-pound Fells has caught 88 passes for 1,001 yards and eight touchdowns since he forged his way into the league in 2006.
Based on his experience, Fells should beat out undrafted rookie tight end Tyler Urban for backup duties.
Brandon Lloyd, Wide Receiver
Brandon Lloyd was the Patriots' prize signing this offseason. Lloyd is expected to start at wide receiver and stretch the field. His 2,414 receiving yards since 2010 will certainly give Tom Brady another weapon to play with. The 6'0", 200-pound target will put up some impressive numbers in 2012.
Donte' Stallworth, Wide Receiver
Donte' Stallworth caught 46 passes for 697 yards and three TDs in 2007 with the Patriots. This time around he may not even cement a job. Stallworth is 31 and hasn't had more than 22 catches since his last pit stop with New England.
Stallworth could very well rekindle a chemistry with Tom Brady, but there's only one ball to go around. He'd be a nice receiver to have on the roster, yet the competition is rigid.
Jabar Gaffney, Wide Receiver
Jabar Gaffney is nothing but consistent, catching over 50 passes in each of the last three seasons. Like Donte' Stallworth, Gaffney is on his second stint with the Patriots and has a good rapport with Tom Brady. At 31 years old, Gaffney isn't slowing down—he's speeding up. He should end up as the Pats' third or fourth wide out.
Jesse Holley, Wide Receiver
Jesse Holley is only entering his third NFL season at age 28, but he has some serious work ahead of him to make the team. The 6'2" North Carolina product can play special teams and fill in at receiver.
Robert Gallery, Offensive Tackle/Guard
The Patriots deepened the offensive line by inking the No. 2 pick in the 2004 NFL draft. Robert Gallery has started 103 games in the NFL at tackle and guard—giving New England a seasoned and useful blocker. Gallery fills a void, no matter if he's starting or entering the game as a utility man.
Jamey Richard, Center
Jamey Richard will try to seize the backup center position for the Patriots. The 27-year-old started 11 of 48 games played with the Indianapolis Colts since 2008. The center position is relatively loaded with Dan Koppen and Dan Connolly in charge—putting a dent in his chances.