After reviewing the season, the Patriots will turn to assessing needs for the draft and free agency. They already have made two moves in this direction, signing Canadian Football League stars Armond Armstead and Jason Vega, both defensive linemen.
Health and depth will be viewed as cures for the Patriots’ woes, but playmakers that can have an instant impact in the secondary and defensive line are more important. That's why the team opted to sign Southern Cal product Armstead (pictured, left), who has the talent of a high draft pick, after teams were scared off by a heart attack he suffered in college.
And equally important, the Patriots will take the next couple of months to evaluate which of their 18 free agents they should re-sign and who they can replace going forward.