The New England Patriots are locked and reloaded for the 2011 NFL Season.
Led by Tom Brady, the Patriots have taken to training camp with one goal in mind: the Lombardi Trophy. With the acquisitions of former Pro Bowlers Chad Ochocinco and Albert Haynesworth, the Pats look like they are primed to make yet another serious run at a Super Bowl title.
After last season ended in disappointment with a home playoff loss to the hated New York Jets, New England has come out this offseason ready to spend. The Pats re-signed LT Matt Light, signed All-Pro LG Logan Mankins to his one-year tender and re-signed 1000-yard rusher BenJarvis Green-Ellis (details still unclear).
This goes without mentioning two of the biggest splashes of the offseason with the Haynesworth and Ochocinco acquisitions.
Head coach Bill Belichick is certainly not resting on his laurels this year.
Last season, New England's biggest moves came in-season with their trade of Randy Moss, their acquisition of Deion Branch and the return of Mankins from an extended holdout.
This year, Belichick and the Pats made sure to attack their needs early and often.
Critics were saying that New England lacked a legitimate pass-rusher? No more, as Big Al Haynesworth should easily fill that role. Putting him next to defensive tackle Vince Wilfork is shaping up to be the biggest storyline of training camp. How dominant can this gigantic duo be?
Critics said the Pats lacked a receiving threat outside of Wes Welker and Deion Branch? Not a problem, as the Pats signed one of the most consistent (and animated) wide receivers in the NFL, Ochocinco. Lining him up wide of quarterback Tom Brady has long been a pipe-dream. Now, it is New England's sudden dream-like reality.
And the Patriots might not be done.
With some room for improvement along the outside of the defensive line, the Patriots recently worked out former Cleveland Browns OLB/DE, Matt Roth.
Roth would be a great addition to an already talented defensive front.
Check back here throughout the day as I tackle the Patriots' biggest issues, discuss the potential of the Patriots offense, the security that cornerback Leigh Bodden brings and more.