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In our fourth installment of the Pre-Draft Preview series we’ll take a look at how the Patriots have done so far. First the Patriots dodged a bullet when Julian Edelman was unable to find a team interested in him after he initially turned down their initial offer to test free agency. Edelman, Tom Brady’s favourite receiver last year. Edelman led the Patriots with a 69.5 Reception Ratio.
The Patriots got an upgrade to the receiving corps when they signed former Carolina Panthers receiver Brandon Lafell. Lafell is an upgrade over Kenbrell Thompkins who was the number four receiver last year. Thompkins had a 45.7 Reception Ratio compared to Lafell’s 55.6. Dobson before he got injured had a ratio number of 50. So I imagine Lafell will be competing with Dobson for the third receiver slot.
Darrelle Revis the former New York Jet, and Tampa Bay Buccaneer adds respectability to a much maligned secondary for the Patriots. Revis is a shutdown corner and he proved last year although coming off major knee surgery he is still in fact the player he was before the injury. Brandon Browner the former Seattle Seahawks corner is another wonderful pickup and once he serves his four game suspension will make quite the cornerback tandem with Revis.
The Patriots dodged another bullet after granting defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga his release, Vince Wilfork asked for his and this would have left a rather large hole in the middle of the defensive line, luckily Wilfork and Patriots were able to restructure his deal and he will not be released.
Veteran safety Steve Gregory was let go in a puzzling move entering the final year of his three year deal, the numbers put up my rookie Duron Harmon are fairly similar, that you would expect the Patriots would retain the veteran due to his experience. Unless the Patriots see something in Harmon that is not evident or they think there is a safety in the draft that can start right away, I tend to think this is a bad move.