The New England Patriots ended the 2013 NFL season on a bad note. The Denver Broncos handed the Patriots a double digit loss in the AFC championship and the New England rival, Peyton Manning, threw for 400 yards.
It was a demoralizing loss and the team appeared riddled with holes across the depth chart. This year the team hopes to fix these holes in the preseason.
One of the biggest storylines last offseason was the controversial departure of Patriots receiver Wes Welker, who left New England to join the Denver Broncos. This obviously did not sit well with fans when we lost to him in the playoffs. The Patriots No. 1 cornerback at the time was Aqib Talib, but Wes Welker lowered his body into him and knocked him out for the game, resulting in a Demaryius Thomas vs. Alfonzo Dennard mismatch that the Broncos exploited for the remainder of the game.
The Patriots were working to re-sign Aqib Talib, but Aqib Talib apparently forgave Wes Welker, and signed a huge contract with the Denver Broncos. Hearts were broken in New England once again.
But not for long....
As the night progressed, news finally broke of a New England Patriots signing. Cornerback Darrelle Revis, NFL.com’s top ranked free agent, was now heading to the New England Patriots. This was the Patriots first signing in free agency and it may just be the biggest splash in this offseason for any team.
There are, however, many other issues the Patriots need to address in order to get themselves back into contention for a Super Bowl. Now that cornerback is taken care of, here are the top five concerns the Patriots still face.