While the New England Patriots get geared up, prepared, armed, and ready to battle the AFC East on their quest for another division title, one has to wonder if the Patriots did enough on offense to compete with the AFC's finest.
The Pats completely revamped their defensive back corps, signing the like's of Brandon Browner and Darrelle Revis. Signing former safety Patrick Chung. They bolstered their linebacking group a bit, signing Josh Hull and James Anderson after losing Dane Fletcher and Brandon Spikes to free agency. They also got a little stronger while adding your to the trenches that is the defensive line, signing Will Smith and drafting rookie Dominique Easley.
Defense is where they significantly improved. The offense leaves a little to be desired. The Pats made it an absolute priority to re-sign top receiver Julian Edelman. They signed free agent Brandon LaFell to a deal to bring size to the receiving corps. Maybe they view Aaron Dobson and Danny Amendola as new acquisitions as they both essentially had lost season's due to a combination of injuries and Kenbrell Thompkins is still an undrafted wide receiver who was a nice story last season. They also drafted Jeremy Gallon out of Michigan. Rob Gronkowski is rehabbing a serious knee injury and they brought in two undrafted rookie tight ends in Asa Watson and Justin Jones. This just isn't enough as of right now. Maybe they will all prove me wrong which they have done many times in my lifetime.
One way to combat their potential offensive woes and potential Tom Brady sideline meltdowns is going out and pushing hard for Houston Texans receiver, Andre Johnson.
Even being 33 year's old, Johnson still has the ability to take the top off of a defense. At worst, he would draw double coverage, opening up more lanes for the like's of Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola. It would open up the other side of the field for potential breakout candidate Aaron Dobson. It would most certainly open up the run game for them as well. At best, Johnson could put up Randy Moss type of numbers in a Pats uniform. He may not score 23 touchdowns, but he could most certainly catch 80-100 balls and put up ungodly yardage numbers. 1300 to 1500 yards is completely possible. To put it all in perspective, Johnson has never had a Quarterback like Tom Brady. Matt Schaub is the best he's ever had. Not that Schaub was awful, but he's certainly not Tom Brady. To be able to put up the numbers he has in his time in Houston, to be able to get to the playoffs once, Johnson has certainly earned himself the right to try to play for a team that is in contention for a Super Bowl. Houston cannot offer that like New England can.
While I can say I don't blame Johnson for holding out most of the offseason activities in hopes of generating a trade out of Houston, I still can't see him being traded anytime soon unless someone calls the Texans with an offer that is impossible to refuse. He's been the ultimate professional, outside of a scrum with then Tennessee Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan, who was well deserving of the blows Johnson laid on him. Houston is the only place he's known, he's been there for their best and their worst, and now he wants to win. And you can't blame him for that.
If the Patriots can get him, they have to do it if they want to offensively compete with the Broncos in the AFC Championship again. Johnson can also get that over that Super Bowl hump.