Can you remember a perfect roster heading into the dog days of June? Unfortunately for the New England Patriots, the answer is no. Fans would like to think Head Coach Bill Belichick and Tom Brady can hide most of the flaws of the team’s imperfect roster for another season, but those two alone cannot do it.
The signings of defensive backs, Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, will tremendously help the defense and the team as a whole, but it will not be enough.
The Patriots are lacking one constant variable, even though there three championship teams of the early 2000’s did not solely rely on it. I am talking about an offense. Not just any offense, but a potent offense at that. The team that we all adore in Foxboro needs to add some more firepower to its arsenal.
Don’t get me wrong. It is entirely possible that all of New England’s young wide receiver talent, such as Aaron Dobson, Kenbrell Thompkins and Josh Boyce, might work out in the long run, but don’t bet on it. The Patriots, who have had a proven track record of disappointment for developing young receivers, like Chad Jackson, Taylor Price and Brandon Tate, cannot afford to sit around and watch the rest of their AFC rivals pickup talented playmakers for their quarterbacks.
If that was not enough, Rob Gronkowski might be too injury prone to be counted on for a full, 16-game season. When healthy, he is close to unstoppable. The All-Pro tight end makes New England’s offense explosive and incredibly dangerous. It was clearly visible when he returned during the middle of last season. Gronkowski was responsible for making the offense operate more efficiently. Slot receivers, Julian Edleman and Danny Amendola, played better, along with the young receivers too. He even brought out the best in Brady’s game.
The bottom line is the Patriots are clearly lacking playmakers on the offensive side of the ball. Like I mentioned, it is almost the middle of June. Are there any moves the Patriots can make to turn some of their weaknesses into strengths?
The former New York Jet and Super Bowl MVP, Santonio Holmes, is still available. Would it not be a juicy storyline if the Patriots could somehow rework Father Time and turn Holmes into a star again? What if New England took a look at another dominant talent who allegedly wants out of his current situation? Yes, folks. I am talking about Houston’s Andre Johnson.
If obtaining a game changing wide receiver wasn’t in the cards, there are some talented, low risk tight ends on the market as well. Free agents, Jermichael Finley and Dustin Keller, have both visited the Patriots in recent weeks. Out of all the scenarios mentioned, one of these players could be the most likely signing.
There is still some time left to make Patriots fans believe that the offense is going to be stellar in 2014. If I was in Robert Kraft’s shoes, I know what I would be doing over these next few weeks.