Re: I guess Mthurl, TFB and myself arent the only ones wondering
posted at 3/22/2013 2:51 PM EDT
I think it's way too early to tell. You really can't look at predraft free agency in isolation from the whole team building activity that takes place through the preseason and includes the draft, undrafted rookie free agency, and the various rounds of free agency (predraft, postdraft, during camp and preseason, and at cutdown time).
To date, I'd look at the Pats units as follows:
QB: no change made but no significant change needed (I'm evaluating talent here--there has been a beneficial change in the cap cost of this position, which is important, but not what I'm addressing now.)
OL: so far has declined with Vollmer unsigned and Thomas gone; I expect more moves here.
RB: Think unit is improved, with greater experience of Ridley, Vereen, and Bolden. Demps (if he's back), Washington, and Fiametta all outweigh loss of Woodhead I think. Think this unit is okay as is, but we may see some guys brought in for camp competition.
TE: Strong unit gets stronger with Ballard.
WR: a weak unit has gotten worse, but I expect a lot more to be done here. Amendola gives us a reasonable alternatve to Welker, but the rest of the unit is still questionable.
DL: Marginal improvements with Armstead--still have work to do
LB--no significant change. Could get by as is, but would like an edge player who can cover and maybe pass rush
DB: Solidified corner position and added quality depth at safety. Would like another good corner and maybe a safety, but overall progress has been made.
ST: have better kick returner with Washington and maybe Demps; may need punt returner if Edelman isn't signed; coverage units remain strong.
So far, I see good progress in the secondary (though some way still to go). This and some improvements in special teams seem to be the main positives. Receiver, O line, and D line remain areas where much more progress is needed, though we've had a few moves in those areas. Other units are generally in good shape, though one good coverage LB would be nice.