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NFL Preseason: 5 Areas of Concern for the New England Patriots
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The New England Patriots are facing off against the Jacksonville Jaguars Thursday in their 2011 NFL preseason opener.

In the preseason, teams dissect their roster, looking for strengths, weaknesses and areas that need improvement. While the Patriots had a huge offseason haul and are in a great position to succeed in 2011, there are five concerns that head coach Bill Belichick needs to address.

Before the offseason, it was clear that the Pats needed pass rushers and a go-to wide receiver. By trading for Albert Haynesworth and Chad Ochocinco, and signing Shaun Ellis and Andre Carter, New England did a terrific job of answering their question marks.

MVP quarterback Tom Brady and the New England Patriots could very well be representing the AFC in Super Bowl XLVI. However, these five problems bear very close monitoring as we inch closer to what is sure to be an entertaining-as-hell NFL season.

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