History tells us that most of the best teams in the NFL this season will be teams that made the playoffs last year, but that doesn’t mean they are without weaknesses. Here are your 12 playoff teams and the biggest hole on each of their rosters that they either completely failed to address or properly failed to address this offseason.
New England Patriots - Outside Cornerback
After losing Malcolm Butler to free agency, the Patriots had a big hole to fill at cornerback opposite Stephon Gilmore. Jason McCourty was brought over after a decent season in Cleveland, but he’s on the wrong side of 30 and not an ideal fit for a press-man-heavy scheme.
Rookie Duke Dawson projects more directly to nickel corner, and Eric Rowe looked overwhelmed when exposed to more playing time this past season. The Patriots group as a whole is capable enough, but for their schematic preferences, a stronger outside option would have been preferable.