Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/20/13
To say that the New England Patriots had more than their share of challenges to overcome during the offseason would be an enormous understatement. How many teams could withstand the loss of their two top tight ends, as well as the bulk of their receiving department? Not very many... but this is no ordinary team.It all starts and ends with quarterback, Tom Brady. He is the heart and soul of this Patriot team. Certainly, big Vince Wilfork and the beast, Jerod Mayo make up the rock of an improving defense, one of the keys to any chance at a New England trip to the Super Bowl. But is there any doubt that Brady makes this team the championship caliber crew that has dominated the AFC East since 2001?But now you take away his weapons and ask him to do the impossible... and he just might pull it off! We have talked about this a lot: Julian Edelman is the only receiver left from the 2012 squad, except for Matthew Slater who primarily plays on special teams. And even Edelman has had limited t...
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