-- John Murray, Weymouth
Kicking off a new season
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With significant defensive additions in our rivals across the AFC East, has the Pats coronary-inducing O-line made any real improvements to keep pace or are we just banking on better seasons out of the vets and developing underclassmen?
-- Judson Lamphere Brooklyn, N.Y.
What do you think about the Pats running game this year? Should they try to sign Jamal Anderson if he's fully recovered for his ACL injur? I cant see A. Smith lasting the whole season.
--Joseph Wilkinson, Malden
What kind of shape will the Patriots fullback position be this year?
-- Reg Levesque, Columbia, S.C.
Nick, Will the Pats look at the waiver wires for a reliable veteran runningback? The Broncos released an aged but accomplished back late last week. Do you expect the Pats to look to strengthen their backfield, especially given the state of Smith's third consecutive failure in the conditioning run and moderate performance last year? Thanks. I'd love to see a move made to get a decent veteran to push Smith, though all in all I think Smith is a capable runner.
-- Steve Oleary, Milton
Hi, Nick, Great to have the mailbag back! My question is two words: Ty Warren? With the primary need being a NT, did the Pats overestimate his ability to play NT or were they drafting him to be a DE? And can we get away with Green/Klecko at NT? Thanks, great to have you back!
-- Tim Beary Columbia, SC
OK, Nick, The first year was all success. The second was so-so. How do you think Brady will perform? Do you think his future rides on this season? Do you think the Patriots have given him the right combination of offensive players to be successful? Does the team, offense, and defense express their confidence in Brady? Does he have many team member detractors? Glad to see your column returning.
Jon Beight Allegany, N.Y.
I know we made some good moves in the off season, but do you think Tebucky Jones will be missed more than people think. Also, how will the WR core fill out, still lacking in size, will this hinder Brady. Looking forward to the season.
-- Jeremy Wells Milford, Conn.