Perhaps Bill Belichick will use a second-round pick next year on an actual need, rather than a late-round safety. I don't get how New England failed to find replacements for Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner.
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The Patriots need receiver help as well. They can't rely on Brandon LaFell or Aaron Dobson.
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The Patriots are winning, but I think the weakness at corner is going to be exposed more as the season progresses. Plus, New England has never been shy about drafting defensive backs early.
In 2015, Russell has 22 tackles, three passes broken up and one sack. The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder has some natural ability. He is fast enough to maintain coverage with receivers in and out of their breaks, but also plays bigger than his listed size.
Russell missed 2014 over an academic suspension. In his debut season, he had 58 tackles with two interceptions and two passes broken up. Russell continued his strong play for the Irish in 2013. The sophomore totaled 51 tackles, one interception and eight passes broken up that year.
Yes the Patriots can win while throwing 85% of their passes to just 2 guys (exaggeration, but you get my point), but with high volumes of targets comes high potential for injuries. Deep down, Tom Brady still misses the days of having both Randy Moss and Wes Welker. Higgins isn't that caliber of receiver, nor should that necessarily be expected of him; however, having more than 2 receivers to rely on when it's time to throw the ball allows for the defense to concentrate on someone other than Gronkowski or Edelman.