The NFL offseason has two distinct phases: the roster construction portion and the training portion. With the 2014 NFL draft in the rear-view mirror, the New England Patriots and the rest of the league have officially moved on toward the latter phase.
Minicamp and training camp will provide ample intrigue in terms of tracking breakouts and disappointments, though padded practices and preseason contests only go so far in revealing a player's true talent. However, before moving on, it's worth taking a look back to see how the Patriots have built the roster that will vie for the franchise's fourth Super Bowl this coming season.
New England is typically quiet during transaction season, preferring to seek out safety and value rather than making a big splash. Thus, this offseason was out of character, with a few flashy free-agent signings as well as the selection of an unexpected boom-or-bust first-round draft pick.
So which offseason personnel decisions will have the greatest impact on the team's 2014 campaign? Here's one view on which moves will hold the most important implications.
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