The NFL’s 5 Most Improved Teams.
The NFL off-season is one of the most exciting because it’s process of adding and subtracting is very straight forward to the average fan.
The process of teams drafting new playmakers that can take it to the house or defenders that can crush skill players into piles of dust makes everybody stand up and take notice so let’s look at which teams have improved the most.
#5 New England Patriots
Super Bowl participants don’t often enter into the most improved discussion. It’s even rarer when the Patriots are a subject within it.
The objective eye notices the areas that kept the Pats from the winner’s circle last season and it must be conceded that they plugged 99% of their leaks.
In 2011, their defensive unit and in particular their secondary wasn’t very good. They ranked 30th overall and were a near-league-worst 31st in defending the pass.
To intensify their pass-rush, they grabbed DE Chandler Jones in the first round of this year’s draft. The solidified their linebackers by using another first round pick to grab the collegiate standout Dont’a Hightower.
In their secondary, they got a late-round steal in CB Alfonzo Dennard who despite legal troubles is reportedly busting his tail to immediately contribute at the start of the regular season.
FS Tavon Wilson also transforms this suddenly youthfully talented group into perhaps the AFC East’s most dangerous.
After the Super Bowl the defeatist buzz swarmed WR Wes Welker’s dropped pass that could have potentially put the game away.
The Patriots brought in veterans such as Jabbar Gaffney and Brandon Lloyd that are already familiar with their offensive scheme to give QB Tom Brady more options to play with in crucial situations.
Had the Patriots sincerely solved their ills in the running game beyond signing the often-injured Joseph Addai, they would have perhaps had the greatest off-season of them all.