Change we can believe in
The upgraded secondary could be the best since Ty Law and Lawyer Milloy were in the prime of their careers over a decade ago.
It didn't take Tom Brady long to start avoidingDarrelle Revis' side of the field in offseason practices. Former SeahawksPro Bowl cornerback Brandon Browner will bring size, physicality and playmaking ability to the other side of the field once his suspension is over in Week 5. Devin McCourty offers Pro Bowl talent of his own at safety. The Pats also have plenty of depth and young legs with Alfonzo Dennard, Logan Ryan and Duron Harmon.
If Revis returns to 2009-to-2011 form, the conference's best defensive backfield will likely reside in New England.
A bigger concern is defensive tackle with Vince Wilfork (Achilles) and first-round draft pick Dominique Easley (ACL surgery) coming off major injuries. Wilfork, 32, was starting to show signs of his age early last season before his Achilles tear. The Pats will need heavy contribution from both players to turn around their run defense.
Training camp surprise
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What we'll be saying in February
Around The NFL's predicted finish: First place in AFC East, No. 5 in Around The NFL's Power Index.