Kevin Walsh looks ahead at what figures to be another tough test for the New England Patriots defense. Rookie standout Andrew Luck and the Colts will look to follow most other quarterbacks this season in exposing the Patriots defense for big plays and big yards.
The New England secondary has been shredded throughout 2012 but at least some of the blame should fall on the shoulders of an inconsistent pass rush. If the Pats could get more pressure on opposing quarterbacks, then the New England secondary wouldn't be forced into so many tough situations. The Patriots are 17th in the league with only 20 sacks.
But in the end, the secondary has to make more plays than it's been able to this season. The addition of Aqib Talib should help in that regard.
The Patriots have reportedly added nine undrafted free agents after selecting nine players in the 2016 NFL Draft.
DJ Foster, RB/WR, Arizona State
Shaquille Powell, RB, Duke
De’Runnya Wilson, TE/WR, Miss State
Steven Scheu, TE, Vanderbilt
Woodrow Hamilton, DT, Mississippi State
CJ Johnson, LB, Mississippi State
V’Angelo Bentley, CB, Illinois
Jonathan Jones, CB, Auburn
Cre’Von LeBlanc, CB, Florida Atlantic
Foster is arguably the highest profile player the Patriots signed and was filmed celebrating the moment.
Foster has the versatility the Patriots looks for. He played running back over his first three collegiate seasons before shifting to wide receiver. He finished his career at Arizona State with 666 total touches for 4,813 yards and 32 touchdowns.
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CSN Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss the Patriots picks they liked and which ones they didn't.
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