After coming close to the mountaintop multiple times, the New England Patriots finally got over the hump, winning their first Superbowl in a decade and their first since the word Spygate was created.
As with many Superbowl winning teams, there is a lot of turnover for players looking to cash in after they achieved the ultimate goal in football. On the defensive side of the football, New England lost three major starting pieces to last year’s defense. Darrelle Revis’ option was declined, as the New York Jets scooped him up him free agency. Along with Revis, long-time nose tackle Vince Wilfork and cornerback Brandon Browner’s options were declined. The Patriots did decide to keep Devin McCourty, and sign Jabaal Sheard, a pass rusher from the Cleveland Browns.
The offense’s only notable move was letting Shane Vereen walk, eventually to be signed by the New York Giants. They signed tight end Scott Chandler and wide receiver Brandon Gibson. The running back position is as deep as could be, with names like LeGarrette Blount, Jonas Gray, James White, Steven Ridley, Brandon Bolden and others. This situation will most likely be figured out during training camp.
The Patriots are rewarded with the 32nd pick of the 2015 NFL Draft. With this pick, a few draft experts have New England trying to fill the rather large void at nose tackle after Wilfork’s departure.
So Tom Brady still has Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman and most importantly, Rob Gronkowski. The offense will be very similar to last season’s team, but will be passing Vereen’s pass catching abilities out of the backfield. The buzz for the 2015 season will begin to ramp up as we approach training camp, as the fans in New England probably expect another Superbowl run—and they’re not wrong for believing they can pull off the back-to-back feat.
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The last time a team won back-to-back Superbowls was, of course, the New England Patriots.