By Nick Villano @nick_villano on May 28, 2014
The New England Patriots had a busy offseason competing with the Denver Broncos and the rest of the AFC to try to represent the conference come February. Even with all the moves they made, there are still a ton of question marks going into OTAs. These five storylines are the ones to really pay attention to during the next couple months.
The New England Patriots may have the deepest cornerback position in football with the additions of Brandon Browner and Darrelle Revis, but they may have one of the weakest safety positions. Outside of Devin McCourty at free safety, the Patriots don't have anybody to clearly start at the back end. They cut Steve Gregory and Adrian Wilson this offseason. The starter could be Duron Harmon, Kanorris Davis or even a returning Patrick Chung.
The Patriots currently have a ton of decent receivers on the roster. They added Brandon LaFell in the offseason, as well as bringing back Julian Edelman. That comes on top of last season's acquisition of Danny Amendola. They also have the triplet rookies from last year with Aaron Dobson, Kembrell Thompkins and Josh Boyce. Those six players will all get significant snaps this season.
The Patriots' offense never looked better than it did when Rob Gronkowski was in the lineup. He is one of the biggest difference makers in the league. He is coming back from another season full of injuries, and this season it is his knee that is the main focus. If he can find a way to come back Week 1 and stay healthy, the Patriots may be the team to beat in the AFC.
The Pats used their second-round pick to take Jimmy Garoppolo in the 2013 draft. That usually means that this guy is either starting or will be starting very soon. The difference is that the Patriots have a guy named Tom Brady who isn't giving up the starting job any time soon. They also have one of the better backups in the league in Ryan Mallett. Can Garoppolo take the clipboard from Mallett?
Vince Wilfork is coming off a torn Achilles, Tommy Kelly is coming off of a left knee injury and first-round pick Dominique Easley has torn both his ACLs at points in his college career. The health of this key position on the Pats defense may be the most pressing topic to pay attention to during this offseason.
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