New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has himself a loaded roster for the 2011 NFL season. The Pats added stars like Shaun Ellis, Albert Haynesworth and Chad Ochocinco in what was a crazy free-agency period.
Now, with free agency coming to a close and the preseason right around the corner, Belichick is going to have a lot of decisions to make regarding who the starters are and who fits in where.
The defense has added a ton of size and boasts one of the best groups of linemen New England has ever employed. Between Vince Wilfork, Haynesworth, Ellis and Mike Wright, the Pats should not only be able to clog up the running lanes, but also get after the quarterback.
In the secondary, Leigh Bodden's return from injury will bolster a unit that struggled at times last season. Also, the Patriots drafted physical cornerback Ras-I Dowling, who they are hoping will turn into the next Devin McCourty.
On offense, there were a lot of additions, but not many that should threaten starting jobs. Ochocinco is the only addition that should see significant playing time this season.
The two rookie running backs, Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley, as well as rookie tackle Nate Solder, are probably only going to play limited minutes this season. The offense is just too deep right now.
Stay right here throughout the day as I look into a few of the biggest roster decisions Belichick is going to have to make this preseason, as well as who I think will emerge by season's end.