Grading Position Strength on New England's Roster Going into Free Agency

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Grading Position Strength on New England's Roster Going into Free Agency
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The 2012 season is in the books, and now all 32 teams are able to turn their focus to preparing for 2013.

For the New England Patriots, the goal is straightforward: finding the missing ingredient that, in the past few seasons, has been the difference between the Patriots being a Super Bowl favorite and a Super Bowl champion.

For the third straight year, the Patriots marched into January as a popular pick to end up with the Lombardi Trophy. For the third straight year, they fell short, and with each year that gets added onto Tom Brady's odometer, each unfulfilled finish becomes more and more frustrating.

Free agency is on the horizon, and the Patriots will have a chance to find that missing piece. They don't need much, but as losses to the Jets, Giants and Ravens have shown, they need something.

Here's a piece-by-piece look at the roster as the offseason prepares to heat up.

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