A more pressing need than one would think despite Vince Wilfork’s presence. Wilfork is up there in age and is a threat to retire after every season. Meanwhile, the depth behind Wilfork is pretty weak, consisting only of Sealver Siliga, Alan Branch, Chris Jones and Joe Vellano. Branch is a free agent and Siliga is a solid player, but Jones and Vellano are nothing more than depth players.
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Brandon LaFell and Julian Edelman are two key pieces on the offense, and Danny Amendola started to live up to expectations toward the end of the season and in the playoffs. After that, though, they really have no depth, as Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce have contributed very little since being drafted in 2013. They could use a big wideout whom Brady can target on the outside opposite LaFell while Edelman works the middle of the field with Rob Gronkowski.
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The Patriots do have Rob Ninkovich, but he turns 32 next season. Akeem Ayers and Jonathan Casillas were acquired midseason. But Ayers could be gone next year. Under the assumption that Ninkovich is the lone starter to return, the Patriots could use an upgrade on opposite Ninkovich to help out with the Patriots' pass rush.
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Chandler Jones is the only player in this group that can provide a pass rush at this position. Last year’s first-round pick Dominique Easley battled injuries throughout his rookie season while Zach Moore, Michael Buchanan and Jake Bequette aren’t exactly worthy of a starting spot. If there is one thing the Patriots lacked in the Super Bowl, it was a pass rush.
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The interior of the line needs some work, as Dan Connolly turns 33 in 2015, Marcus Cannon has been nothing more than a reserve player and Cameron Fleming didn’t make an impact as a rookie. If they hope to improve their running game and keep Tom Brady upright, they need to improve the guard position.